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Friday, 13 December 2013

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Saturday, 10 September 2016

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Saturday, 10 September 2016

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Saturday, 03 September 2016

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Saturday, 20 August 2016

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Saturday, 20 August 2016

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

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New by cocoaCONNECT: our second theme !

Exactly four weeks ago, cocoaCONNECT started with a new focus, to highlight one theme with several linked topics each month to get a full picture of the cocoa chain and it’s complexities. For example, sustainability, environment and consumers are theme’s that will be covered.

The past month, we focused on demography and cocoa farming. The aim of this theme was to link gender to children, youth, communities etc. to get a broader perspective of the characteristics of cocoa farming with regard to its demography.

Following the Oxfam Novib campaign about gender equality in the cocoa industry, we wanted to look at the fair distribution of cocoa in the chain with regard to woman and men. But, to get a more complete image of the situation, we also looked at other factors that are linked to both cocoa and gender for example, children (and child labour), youth, the future, the community etc.

We shared articles from our cocoaCONNECT website, we stayed up to date on the cocoa news and twittered and facebooked to inform you on new cocoa knowledge. We covered:

- Gender (equality in the cocoa sector)
* Women (their importance, contribution and empowering
* Children and youth (the future of cocoa farming)
- Child labour (the changes, the combat, the consequences)
- Nutrition (and the importance of women)
- Cocoa livelihoods (and farmer field schools)
- The cocoa community (and the effect of organizing farmers)
- Migration workers (and their social impact in Ghana)
- Certification (and better circumstances for the farmers and

Have you missed any of the subjects? Go to to see our posts!

This month we will discuss a new theme: the niche markets of cocoa and chocolate.

CocoaConnect was closely involved with Chocoa, a conference held on the 8th of March on ‘fine or flavour’ and single origin cocoa. The market share of ‘fine or flavour’ and of ‘single origin’ cocoa is rather modest at the moment, around 5 to 7% of the total cocoa production. However, this is not much smaller than the market share of certified sustainable cocoa (high estimates say around 10%). This coming weeks, we will dive into the niche market of ‘fine or flavour cocoa’, and see what characteristics are different from bulk cocoa.

Also, we can link it to sustainability and even certification, which was the aim of the Chocoa conference in March. For example, because ‘fine or flavour’ and single origin cocoa are high -value markets, can more money be used for the sustainability of cocoa farming? The entire niche market of sustainable cocoa, or certified cocoa, is also an area of interest for cocoaCONNECT, which will be discussed this month. Is certified cocoa really sustainable? And can it learn something from the high value niche market of ‘fine or flavour’ cocoa?

We will actively post this theme’s and its topics at our cocoaCONNECT website, our Facebook- and our Twitter- account, so keep looking out for a post from cocoaCONNECT. Do you have any great ideas for a new theme or topic? Let us know at, twitter or our facebook!


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