Value Chain

Cocoa plays a crucial role in the livelihoods of millions of rural households across the developing world. This tropical commodity has the potential to lift many out of poverty in the cocoa producing countries. Addressing rural poverty in these countries is closely linked to introducing fairness, justice and sustainability to the cocoa sector. This challenge requires a close look at the cocoa value chain and the stakeholders involved.


The cocoa supply chain is long. It passes through a complex trading network comprising a large number of intermediaries like collectors, traders, exporters, processors and manufacturers, before it reaches the consumer.


The transformation of the cocoa industry into a sustainable economic sector presents an extraordinary challenge to all the stakeholders involved. Cooperation between producers, NGOs, governments, traders, processors and manufacturers is necessary to improve the working and living conditions of communities at the beginning of the cocoa chain.