Country: Côte d’Ivoire & Togo

In Côte d’Ivoire and Togo, we are working to identify and implement effective, evidence-based living income strategies with the goal of tackling the root causes of child labour, looking at both traditional farmer services as well as new methods focused on fairer pricing mechanisms.

To date, increased pricing mechanisms are uncommon in agricultural trade. Although a farmer premium is paid as part of most cocoa certification programs, this amounts to less than 5% of the standard farmgate price and does not come near closing the living income gap.

Higher pricing mechanisms have significant potential to form part of a holistic solution. Rather than a sole focus on providing traditional agricultural services to help farmers intensify the production of their cash crops, a combination with new approaches surrounding pricing and the provision of higher payments to farmers for their produce may be a more effective alternative.

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