Fair Trade chocolate brings joy to those special people in your life and changes the lives of cacao farmers around the world.
When you buy chocolate for Valentine’s Day, you’ll be contributing to a global business worth over $83 billion a year – or larger than the economies of 130 nations. According to Catholic Relief Services (CRS), if you choose Fair Trade chocolate you’ll make a direct impact in the lives of cocoa growers in some of the world’s poorest countries
“Fair Trade is based on the principles of paying a fair wage to producers, providing safe working conditions and investing in communities,” said Simone Blanchard of CRS’ Fair Trade program. “Buying Fair Trade chocolate guarantees that cocoa farmers receive a fair price for their crop.”
Fair Trade chocolate changes lives. Consider the following:
- Close to 50 million people are dependent on cocoa worldwide for their livelihood
- Women on fair trade farms have better access to health care, job rights and freedom from harassment
- 90% of the world’s cocoa is grown on 5.5 million small farms
- West Africa produces 70% of the world’s cocoa and comes from farmers that generally make less than $0.50 per day
- The Kuapa Kokoo cooperative in Ghana has nearly 60,000 Fair Trade farmers, all of whom are co-owners of Divine Chocolate and receive a fair wage
There are various ways to engage with Fair Trade: order Fair Trade Chocolate online from CRS’ partners SERRV and Equal Exchange; donate to the CRS campaign Faith Acts to help lift 700 Nicaraguan cocoa farmers out of poverty; look for the Fair Trade logo on chocolates bars sold in grocery stores around the country.
More than 58 million pounds of chocolate candy are sold during Valentine’s week in the U.S. Make sure your purchase changes lives.