We all love chocolate, but how much thought do we give to those who grow our beloved cocoa beans? Growing cocoa is a hard task!
Did you know 90% of the world’s cocoa is grown on small family farms? Life if tough for cocoa farmers, but regardless of this, about 6 million farmers earn their living from growing and selling cocoa beans.
"Cocoa is a delicate and sensitive crop, and farmers must protect trees from wind, sun, pests, and disease. With proper care, cocoa trees begin to yield pods at peak production levels by the fifth year, and they can continue at this level for 10 years. But for all this hard work, cocoa farmers gain very little from a very profitable global cocoa trade." Fairtrade
Price of cocoa beans has also declined in recent years, despite demand being high, so we want to do anything we can to help these farmers get a fair wage. Whilst you may be all too familiar with Fairtrade, or you just know that as the name implies, it’s about ‘fairness’ in trading"For 2 weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid. This year we are focusing on the people – in particular the women – who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much." Fairtrade
At Seed and Bean, we are proud advocates of Fairtrade and making the world a better, more equal place.
Do your part this Fairtrade Fortnight, and let us help you with 15% off our chocolate, valid until midnight Sunday 10th March 2019.