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Cocoa Trade Ivoire - Supporting cocoa cooperatives in Côte d'Ivoire

Cocoa Trade Ivoire

Supporting cocoa cooperatives in Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire

Fair trade

Trade in products that have been certified and carry a fair trade label. An example of this is a farmer’s cooperative that collectively sells its cocoa to a fair trade organization.

Cocoa Trade Ivoire (CTI) was founded by a Swiss trading group in 2007 and became independent in 2012. In addition to cocoa, the company also trades in coffee and frozen fish. CTI is based in Abidjan (economic capital) and receives cocoa from smallholder farmers cooperatives located in the regions of Marahoué, Gôh, Bélier and Lôh-Djiboua.

West Africa dominates world cocoa production, accounting for around three quarters of global output. Côte d’Ivoire is the undisputed market leader, followed by Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon. Cocoa and coffee play an essential role in the country's economy: they provide employment to almost a quarter of the population, generate more than half of all export revenue and contribute 10% to GDP.

CTI has a strong social impact on small cocoa farmers, represented by cocoa cooperatives. The company is certified by the Rain Forest Alliance, UTZ and Fair Trade.

The certification and premiums help increase revenue and improve working conditions, and the quality of life of farmers. It also contributes to combat child labour and slavery in the cocoa sector. The company has strong long-term relationships with cocoa cooperatives and helps them grow and become more independent. It also helps them gain access to quality inputs, which help increase productivity.

Cocoa Trade Ivoire has been an Oikocredit partner since 2017.

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