Welcome to the third part of our series explaining cocoa! The previous posts in this series explained the history of cacao and cocoa. This post will explain how the contemporary cocoa industry works.
Ecuador is an area of high biological diversity, fascinating landscapes, and impressive rainforests intermixed with agricultural land. The combination of nature and agriculture is only possible thanks to the commitment of Ecuador’s people and farmers. These farmers are supported by companies like ETG and our partners that are committed to the protecting environment and improving smallholder livelihoods.
Understanding the history of cocoa is vital for not only shedding light on how cocoa came to be the commodity it is today, but also for comprehending the complex web of social, economic, and political circumstances which make designing and implementing sustainability projects in cocoa ever more complicated.
These photos show the delivery of 2,000 multipurpose trees for agroforestry to the El Sábalo community, Santo Domingo. Delivery was conducted in collaboration with local partner Burneoexport. With the delivery of the trees, farmers were offered trainings in Good Agricultural Practices.
Attiéké is a popular dish similar to couscous made from fermented cassava. The women sell attiéké made from cassava grown on their own farms, forming a vital pillar of income diversification among farming communities.
The cocoa industry is complex, sprawling, and often baffling. This series is aimed at providing a lay audience with an introduction to the world of cocoa, including how cocoa came to be the commodity it is today, the economics and logistics of the global cocoa trade, and what the cocoa industry needs to do to ensure its social and environmental sustainability.
Child labour is a complex issue and is more varied than people often assume. Many of the underlying causes are closely tied to structural poverty and gender disparity.
Bees are arguably the most vital creatures on the planet. They are responsible for pollinating the vast majority of the world’s crops, a process which is crucial for the reproduction of many plants, including those that provide us with food.
One of ETG’s key strategies in helping to facilitate sustainable cocoa ecosystems is protecting native forests. In order to effectively know where deforestation is a pronounced risk, we utilise a tool known as a deforestation risk assessment.
The Succès Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) group was formed in 2019 in the village of Aboudé, Côte d’Ivoire. Every Sunday, forty women meet in the BECIDA cooperative director’s garden to pool their savings and take out loans. During these meetings, they share personal experiences and offer each other advice and…