2 - 11 November, Glasgow and online
UNFCCC main side event

Putting farmers first for fair resilience in cocoa: a debate with farmers, industry, and science

Hosted by Fair Trade

The cocoa sector faces a number of challenges related to climate change and sustainability. A changing climate means that given current trends, many cocoa-growing regions will be too hot for cocoa trees to survive by 2050. The cocoa sector is contributing to making this problem worse, through the ongoing challenges around deforestation in cocoa-growing areas.

Adapting to climate change, and shifting to low-carbon production, will require extra resourcing. Cocoa farmers in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana are amongst the poorest in the world. Thus, we cannot expect farmers to pay for cost of adaptation and mitigation.

This session will focus on three things – the urgency of these challenges; the central importance of raising farmers’ incomes as part of the solution; and the actions that we all need to take to bring about a more sustainable cocoa sector.

Objectives of the session

  • To share information on the urgent climate-related challenges that the cocoa sector is facing
  • To propose solutions for a more sustainable cocoa sector, in which farmers and cocoa trees can productively co-exist

Melissa Duncan

Executive Director Fairtrade International

Bismark Khapitey

Cocoa Producer, Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union, Trainer & Facilitator SANKOFA Project Ghana

Tony Simons

Director General, World Agroforestry (ICRAF)
Executive Director, CIFOR-ICRAF

Steve Murrells

Chief Executive, The Co-operative

Mary Kinyua

Special Envoy, Fairtrade Board, Fairtrade Representative on the COP Presidency CSO & Youth Council