Do Direct-Trade - Original Beans

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Becoming an Original Beans farmer is like moving from a short-term free agency contract into a long-term employment at twice the income. We support 175 farming families full-time and 5000 part-time in this way.

High, direct, secure

We pay farmers double fair

Consider this: cacao farmer incomes would need to double to reach the United Nations level of absolute poverty at $1.25 per day! So called fair trade and other certifications add 5-10% on the ever-fluctuating world cocoa prices. They don’t change the unjust market system that creates poverty, insecurity and exploitation. Original Beans high, direct, and secure prices offer cacao farming families a living income, incentive to make the best product, and a bright outlook for the future. As a consequence, we can report 0 INCIDENTS OF CHILD LABOUR and instead the EMPOWERMENT of hundreds of young farmers, including women.

Work with pride

Our team at Original Beans works for a living, but also to learn, get recognized, grow an identity, and have fun. So do Original Beans cacao farmers! They are the world’s best, at home in the earth’s rarest places, bearers of rare cultural traditions, stewards of invaluable nature. We are proud to work with them.

Want to know more?

Read the Cocoa Barometer 2018

The Cocoa Barometer is the most recognized independent publication documenting the (un-)sustainability of the big chocolate industry. 2018 key statements:

  • Low prices and price fluctuations are a major threat to all efforts to achieve a sustainable cocoa sector. Farmers bear the risks of a volatile price, while other market actors have means to adapt and even make windfall profits. Still, there is no concerted effort by industry or governments to alleviate even a part of the burden for the already impoverished smallholder farmers.
  • None of the major cocoa certifications (Rainforest Alliance, UTZ or Fairtrade) have been able to significantly contribute to ensuring farmers achieving a living income, reducing child labour, or halting environmental degradation. Standard-setting organisations are aware of these problems, but chocolate companies and retailers are looking for the cheapest label.
  • Although there was a slight relative decline of child labour, an increase in cocoa production has led to an absolute increase of child labourers to 2.1 million children in West Africa alone. Since child labour is a symptom of deeper problems, it will not be eradicated without tackling systemic poverty.

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