0 0

CONACADO Cocoa

Browse producers > Dominican Republic

About this producer

CONACADO, an association of 9,000 small-scale farmers in the Dominican Republic, was founded in 1988 as a response to low global cocoa prices, and to assist small-scale cocoa farmers to improve their working and living conditions. Its aim is to generate work and income for disadvantaged groups, to decrease dependency on intermediaries by exporting products directly, and to offer technical assistance and credit to farmers to improve the quality of cocoa production.

Cocoa accounts for 90% of CONACADO farmer's income, but frequently the income received from the export of their cocoa is below their costs of production. Since 1997, CONACADO has been selling cocoa under Fairtrade certified conditions, which guarantee a fair return for their work. Premiums from these sales have also directly assisted projects to improve production and the quality of their cocoa. CONACADO cocoa is grown using organic techniques under the canopy of other fruit trees that provide extra income and food security for the farmers.

The farmers of CONACADO have seen many benefits as a result of the Fairtrade premium: medical workers have been providing free advice and medicines; a nursery is providing the farmers with fruit trees which shade the cocoa plants and give the farmers an alternative source of nutrition and income; aqueducts and pathways across ditches make it easier to work in fields which are often far from roads. Their message to fair trade shoppers is simple. "We promise to provide you with a good quality of fruit, so long as you promise to keep buying more!"

Benefits

CONACADO has focused on returning a greater share of the value of cocoa grown by farmers, to the farmers. The organisation calculates that through conventional trade, Dominican Republic farmers receive only 72% of the global market price for cocoa beans and that the income they receive is not sufficient; the income is barely enough to feed producers' families during harvests, and for the rest of the year they find themselves obliged to work as labourers. CONACADO returns more than 90% of the global market price to its own farmer members through its trade of their cocoa.

With the support of CONACADO, less cocoa farmers abandon their properties every year. This reinforces rural and community infrastructure development and has an impact on the preservation and conservation of the nearby forests.

The co-operative has organised workshops to teach farmers how to improve fermentation techniques, expand sustainable growing methods, increase productivity, and participate more actively in the co-operative. The co-operative is also working to help farmers improve and expand organic methods so that all cocoa can be certified organic.

About the Cocoa Producers
  • Located in Dominican Republic
  • CONACADO aims to:
  • Improve the income and living conditions of cocoa producers and families
  • Support sustainable property management
  • Improve product quality and harvesting efficiency
  • Strengthen business and organisational

Commendations

The magazine is a secular publication. Readers, both Christian and non-Christian, may not always agree with all its conclusions. But it is an excellent catalyst for better informed thought and action. It pulls no punches yet at the same time is written with sensitivity and compassion ... could be of immense help in our becoming more globally aware and responsible citizens.

Gil Cann, editor, Working Together (published by the Australian Evangelical Alliance)

I do enjoy your magazine - it provides a good balance to a lot of the right-wing / conservative and pro-big-business-dominated media.

Grant K - long-term New Internationalist subscriber.

The magazine is a secular publication. Readers, both Christian and non-Christian, may not always agree with all its conclusions. But it is an excellent catalyst for better informed thought and action. It pulls no punches yet at the same time is written with sensitivity and compassion ... could be of immense help in our becoming more globally aware and responsible citizens.

Gil Cann, editor, Working Together (published by the Australian Evangelical Alliance)

Proud to help... read you cover to cover

Phillip Adams - farmer, broadcaster and public intellectual


Find us on your favourite social network:


Global Mamas

Why buy from New Internationalist?

New Internationalist supports Fair Trade producers like Global Mamas. Fair Trade promotes a fair wage and fair working conditions, encouraging developing world producers to help themselves.

A little about Global Mamas: Global Mamas is a Fair Trade cooperative in Ghana, West Africa, supporting the sustainable development of women artisans producing fair trade products

Read more about Global Mamas »

World Fair Trade Organization

World Fair Trade Organization

New Internationalist Australia is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization, which means we have to stock a percentage of Fair Trade products, and also adhere to Fair Trade practices ourselves. Great for supporting producers rights, and also for our staff.

Read more »

Email newsletter

Sign up for our free email newsletters. We'll bring you fresh ideas and inspiring stories from our global network of community leaders and activists who are working for equality and a liveable planet.