World Cocoa Foundation
Chocolove is a contributor to the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF). We contribute more than our dues. We were one of the first members who does not actually buy and grind cocoa beans into chocolate. We like that the WCF is farmer-focused and helps all farmers irrespective of whether they sign up for a program. The WCF approach strives to organize and educate farmers on issues of labor, proper use of soil amendments and plant treatments, crop management, and post-harvest handling. All of this with a view to increase farmer knowledge and productivity, which raises farmer income in a self-sustainable way.
Chocolove has written a check for $50,000 to the World Cocoa Foundation, who will in turn, donate it to the International Federation of Red Cross program in West Africa.
The IFRC is one of the most active organizations at work in West Africa at this time in the fight against the ebola virus. Our hearts and prayers are with the people of West Africa and now our donations as well.
In our efforts to find a way to help cocoa farmers, we have had a long and generous relationship with the World Cocoa Foundation. It comes as no surprise that they take a lead on behalf of the cocoa community worldwide, collecting funds for the humanitarian effort of stopping the further spread of the ebola virus and saving lives in West Africa.
The copy below is taken verbatim from the World Cocoa Foundation website, which encourages responsible sustainable cocoa farming and raise farmers' incomes. Visit www.worldcocoafoundation.org to learn more.
The World Cocoa Foundation promotes a sustainable cocoa economy through economic and social development and environmental stewardship in cocoa-growing communities.
We are dedicated to a shared future with shared benefits throughout the cocoa supply chain by:
- Ensuring a sustainable supply of quality cocoa that benefits both growers and users
- Empowering farmers to make choices that help develop strong, prosperous cocoa communities
- Promoting sustainable production practices that maintain and increase biodiversity and crop diversification
We combine local and global operations to achieve our goals by:
- Building partnerships with cocoa farmers, origin governments and environmental organizations
- Working with international donors to support effective programs
- Supporting and applying demand-led research that improves crop yield and quality
- Supporting training and education that improves well-being of cocoa farming families
Approximately 70% of the world’s cocoa currently comes from West and Central Africa. The vast majority of this cocoa is grown on nearly two million small, independent family farms that are less than 2 hectares (5 acres) in size.
African cocoa farmers and their families face a number of challenges: low yields, pests and diseases that attack their cocoa trees, difficulty obtaining farming supplies, and limited access to credit. Like other rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, cocoa-growing communities often have low levels of adult literacy, face health risks such as malaria and HIV/AIDS, and have difficulty with access to quality education for their children. WCF is empowering communities by training farmers, enhancing education, investing in families, and improving community health and welfare.
WCF works to address these issues in West and Central Africa through three flagship programs: WCF Cocoa Livelihoods Program, WCF ECHOES, and the WCF African Cocoa Initiative. WCF supports active programming in the following countries: Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, and Liberia.