Forty-six percent of Americans say they can't live without it. For candy bars in the US, truffles filled in Belgian confectionaries, and chocolate soup in South America, cocoa beans are ground, processed and transformed into delectable chocolate treats enjoyed all over the world.

Many small-scale family cocoa farmers, however, face tremendous instability. They are often forced to sell their harvest to local middlemen who use rigged scales or misrepresent world prices. The situation is made worse by a volatile cocoa world market price. Media reports of child slavery on West African cocoa estates show the stark contrast between the delicious treat we enjoy and the often difficult working conditions of the people who produce it.

Dignity for cocoa farmers
Fair Trade certification ensures that cocoa farmers receive a fair price for their harvest; creates direct trade links between farmer-owned cooperatives and buyers; and provides access to affordable credit. Fair Trade gives farmers the tools to access the market and farm sustainably. On Fair Trade farms, slave labor is strictly prohibited and farms are inspected to ensure that Fair Trade standards are being met.

From the farmer to you
Through Fair Trade, more than 42,000 cocoa farmers in West Africa, the Carribean and Central and South America are earning a decent price for their high quality crop. The Fair Trade CertifiedT label on your hot cocoa and Fair Trade Certified chocolate bar is your guarantee that your purchase is directly benefiting cocoa farmers and their families thousands of miles away.

Courtesy of TransFair USA