Unwrap a fairer future for cocoa farmers
To mark World Chocolate Day (July 7), Fairtrade has unveiled a new global campaign. Bitter Sweet features a stop-motion animation titled “Unwrap a Fairer Future”. The film, which will reach people across 22 countries, literally unwraps the bitter truth behind the unethical cocoa sourcing practices used by some major chocolate manufacturers. “Unwrap a Fairer Future” is designed to show consumers how choosing Fairtrade chocolate can change the lives of cocoa farmers. Produced by Fairtrade in collaboration with Dutch animator Niels Hoebers, the film tells the story of two bars of chocolate. At first glance, both bars look good enough to eat. But once unwrapped, they tell two vastly different stories.
Bitter and sweet
The bitter bar shows the cocoa lands of West Africa. Here, uncertified cocoa farmers who are unable to grow their crop on Fairtrade terms face injustice and low prices. This leads to poverty and deforestation that holds farming communities back. But the film also depicts a sweeter side. Fairtrade-certified cocoa farmers are paid a Fairtrade Minimum Price, which acts as a safeguard when market prices drop. Organic production is also incentivised with a higher price. Fairtrade farmers further benefit from rigorous independent standards and receive support to adapt their farming practices to meet those standards.
“We’re making the bitter cost of each non-certified chocolate bar instantly apparent,” says Nilufar Verjee, Fairtrade Director of Public Engagement. “This is a shareable way to discover why cocoa farmers who grow the cocoa in our chocolate deserve better incomes.”
The choice for hope
New research into the living standards of cocoa farming families shows that on average, Fairtrade boosts farmers’ spending on household essentials beyond the need for food by nine percent. Fairtrade farmers in the most impoverished circumstances benefit most. They make 69 percent more income from growing cocoa than their non-certified counterparts.
“Every Fairtrade bar of chocolate you buy, every cocoa bean, means decent healthcare, education and a collective voice all the way through the supply chain,” says Fairtrade advocate, Bridgerton actress Adjoa Andoh. “So, make the choice for hope, a future and joy. All through the delicious medium of chocolate. Happy Fairtrade World Chocolate Day!”
As part of the campaign, 22 Fairtrade regions will be sharing information on social media about Fairtrade’s impact. It will also highlight where to buy Fairtrade chocolate and how consumers can help to spread the word. Every consumer that chooses Fairtrade chocolate helps ensure that farmers in low-income countries get a sweeter deal for their produce.
To find Fairtrade chocolate brands in Australia, head to fairtradeanz.org