Last Updated: March 10, 2014Topic: Cocoa-Farming Families
The U.S. chocolate and cocoa industry seeks to ensure that cocoa is grown in a responsible, sustainable manner, and that cocoa-farming families have the skills and resources necessary to support their farms.
Ten million men, women and children in West Africa depend on cocoa to survive and flourish. NCA and the global chocolate and cocoa industry, along with partners in government and civil society, have been working for more than a decade to create a sustainable cocoa supply that will improve incomes, alleviate poverty and advance food security. Innovation, investment, partnerships and certification are leading to increased cocoa yields, higher incomes for cocoa farming families, increased school attendance for children in cocoa-growing regions, prevention of child labor and overall family well-being.