Im­prov­ing the Liveli­hoods of Co­coa Farm­ers


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As the world's third largest pro­ducer of co­coa beans, In­done­sia is see­ing more and more choco­late lovers all over the na­tion. But sadly, choco­late farm­ers – who grow the beans that make choco­late pos­si­ble – are not re­ceiv­ing enough sup­port de­spite the chal­lenges they over­come through­out the process.

Some farm­ers, for in­stance, strug­gle with low yields be­cause their trees are dis­eased. What is even more sur­pris­ing is that some have even yet to taste the fruits of their labour: choco­late it­self.

Things fi­nally changed when a so­cial en­ter­prise, Kakoa Choco­late, vis­ited some co­coa farm­ers in Lam­pung, South Su­ma­tra. Farm­ers were of­fered choco­late for the very first time and their faces lit up when tast­ing the lit­tle pieces of heaven. Some even ad­mit­ted that they had no idea of the sig­nif­i­cance of the beans they sold. All they knew was that the earn­ings made from grow­ing co­coa would be enough to pro­vide for their fam­i­lies.

Founded by Sabrina Mustopo, Kakoa Choco­late helps to im­prove the liveli­hoods of In­done­sian co­coa farm­ers by sourc­ing di­rectly from them. The non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion in turn aims to pro­duce choco­late made 100 per­cent of In­done­sian beans. In ad­di­tion, they be­lieve that th­ese farm­ers de­serve more ap­pre­ci­a­tion and sup­port for their work, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the con­tri­bu­tions they make to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

Kakoa Choco­late works to­gether with the farm­ers to help man­age their cor­po­ra­tions bet­ter, teach them how to fer­ment their own beans, and buy and sell the beans while en­sur­ing qual­ity con­trol.

Kakoa Choco­late's col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Lam­pung farm­ers was doc­u­mented in a short video up­loaded by Our Bet­ter World. In it, we see the farm­ers be­ing ed­u­cated through work­shops and en­cour­aged to im­ple­ment good farm­ing tech­niques by pur­chas­ing the beans at a higher rate than that of the mar­ket.

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