African ChocolateJune 8, 2015
One of the companies making a difference is Guittard Chocolate Company. They are a member of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and working with the WCF on several programs to aid farmers in West Africa. One of the programs they are working on is the WCF Empowering Cocoa Households with Opportunities and Education Solutions (ECHOES). The program strengthens cocoa-growing communities by expanding opportunities for youth and young adults through education. Another program is the The WCF Cocoa Livelihoods Program (WCF/CLP) which increases farmer income while strengthening local service capacity through three main objectives: 1) improve market efficiency and build capacity of farmers and farmer organizations; 2) improve production and quality of cocoa at the farm level; and, 3) improve farmers’ competitiveness on diversified farms. Guittard also works with Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance.
Another major company is Barry Callebaut. They have a program called “Growing Great Chocolate” focusing on growing cocoa quality, growing farmer income, and growing quality of life. For more detailed information check these web pages: Callebaut: Great Cocoa for Tomorrow and Barry Callebaut: Sustainability.
I plan on using more African chocolate in the future to support the farmers and efforts to help them out of poverty. The first African chocolate we are using is from Madagascar. It is a 65% cacao and has a sweet raisin taste. Stay tuned for more chocolate news…