This year campaigners are calling for a living income growers and producers in the developing world. The Fairtrade Foundation points out that £1.86 is the amount a cocoa farmer in West Africa needs to earn each day in order to achieve a living income. Currently, a typical cocoa farmer in Cote d’Ivoire lives on around 74p a day. Almost all cocoa farmers in West Africa live in poverty.
For the women the situation is even worse. They may plant and harvest on the farm, look after children, carry water, collect wood, cook and clean for the family, and transport the cocoa beans to market but often with fewer rights than men.
Co-op Party members will be taking part in events across Kent to highlight the issues, raise funds and enjoy fantastic Fairtrade products.