With the falling price of cocoa, ADIAS has also been working alongside people like Herve to help them diversify their crops.
‘After the training, I decided to sow banana and okra,’ Herve tells us. ‘The sales provide more than 1 million West African Francs [around $2,000] after each yield, which happens at least three times a year.’ This extra income takes the pressure off his cocoa farming.
‘I know how to take care of the soil in my farm,’ Herve says. ‘I have good production of diverse crops that are sold and consumed in my family. I feel better and happier.’
Pray with us
Even chocolate can give us an opportunity to pray!
Put aside some time to eat some chocolate. You can do this on your own or with friends, family or your small group. If you are able to, buy some Fairtrade chocolate – just look for the Fairtrade mark on the packaging.
Unwrap the chocolate, then (and this is the hard bit) pause for a moment. Think of the journey that the cocoa beans in your chocolate have been on. Think of the farmers, like Herve, who cultivated them.
Then (and this is the easy bit) eat the chocolate. As you enjoy the taste, lift up a prayer for the cocoa farmers, thinking of the good things that you desire for them.
As a bonus prayer opportunity, next time you walk past a chocolate aisle in a shop, pray for the companies selling the chocolate. Pray that more of them will give a fair deal for their farmers.