Extreme poverty among West African cocoa farmers drives low production.

Farmers in Ghana earn as little as 84 cents a day

Farmers in Ivory Coast earn as little as 50 cents a day

The Challenge: All Sweat, No Impact

In Ghana, cocoa is mainly sold and purchased through the government which solely decides what quota of the crop’s sales and purchases is used to run initiatives to support farmers. Sadly, this lack of farmers’ “say” in decision making has trapped some 1.6 million farmers in over 1300 cocoa-growing societies, in rural Ghana, in poverty. Consequently, many young farmers do not find cocoa farming attractive, and are not replacing the aging farmer population, contributing to the global decline in cocoa production

At the Epicenter: Ghana

At the heart of this crisis, is Ghana, the world’s second leading exporter of cocoa, which earns about $1.9billion in export revenue annually.

The reward for the cocoa farmer’s sweat should not be needless deaths and a tough decision to send their sons to school over their girls – because of poverty. This is one of the world’s greatest injustices. Learn how we are fixing it.