Cocoa Life

10 years focused on making Cocoa more sustainable

Over the last decade, we’ve been working hard to help make sure the cocoa in the Cadbury chocolate you love is sourced in a more sustainable way, with an aim to be both kind to the planet, and the people who grow it.

In 2012 Cadbury’s parent company, Mondelez, helped fund the creation of a global programme called Cocoa Life in partnership with suppliers, governments and non-profit organisations including Fairtrade, with which Mondelez has partnered with in Ghana since 2009. The Cocoa Life programme works towards a more sustainable cocoa supply chain. Its goal is to help improve the lives of cocoa farmers and their communities while also helping to protect our planet. Cocoa Life has already made a big difference, but there is so much more to do. That’s why Mondelez is investing a further $600 million through to 2030 to continue to drive impactful initiatives that can help make a lasting positive change.

Yaa’s Story:

How Cocoa Life is helping to make a difference for Ghanaian farmers and their families


Our ambition for the future

Our goal is to source all of our cocoa volume for Cadbury chocolate through Cocoa Life by 2025. To do this, we aim to help Cocoa Life reach approximately 300,000 cocoa farmers by 2030, to help increase the number of farming households reaching a living income, enhance child protection systems, improve access to quality education in Cocoa Life communities, and seek to achieve no deforestation on Cocoa Life farms globally.

That’s why Cocoa Life will invest another $600 million in funding by 2030 bringing the total up to $1billion. So we can help make an even bigger difference to people and the planet.

Helping to improve incomes & lives

To achieve our goal to increase the number of farming households earning a living income, it’s important that we tailor our support to the specific needs of different groups so that we can help farmers receive a decent price for their crop and labour.

Research shows that increasing women's involvement can also lead to improved financial management by farmers, better education of youth and thriving communities. We will keep working to help develop additional business opportunities for women. So far our approach has helped make an impact in over 2,000 cocoa communities, but that’s just the start.

Helping to combat child labour

Child labour doesn't happen in isolation - low incomes, lack of infrastructure and lack of awareness all play a part.

Our goal is to enhance child protection systems and improve access to quality education in Cocoa Life communities. To work towards this end, we support a systems approach, working holistically with communities to help tackle the interconnected challenges that contribute to child labour. By 2025, we aim to have all Cocoa Life communities in West Africa covered by Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation System.

Helping farmers grow more trees

We have a goal to help end deforestation in cocoa farming communities and have made strong progress in combating deforestation in West Africa. We are encouraging farmers in the Cocoa Life programme to concentrate on their existing land and not deforest for new farms.

But we need to do more if we want to seek no deforestation on Cocoa Life farms globally. To achieve this goal, it’s important that we have sufficient incentives in place to help protect livelihoods. So, we have been working on new models of reforestation where we pay farmers directly to grow other trees around their cocoa farms. The financial incentives are spread over three years to help give the trees a better chance of establishing and growing to maturity. This helps farmers provide for their families while also caring for the environment.

Innovation and collaboration are the future

Cocoa Life focuses on an integrated approach to cocoa sustainability, but we need to keep thinking differently and working differently. We have goals to use smart climate technology tailored to the needs of different groups of farmers, climate-resilient producing models and aim to provide training to modernise smallholder farming practices.

We’ll also be collaborating with other organisations, governments, NGOs and community groups, to help extend the Cocoa Life program to new countries including Nigeria.

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