Ethical Ugandan Cocoa
Our cocoa beans are grown in Uganda with the support of the Spe Salvi Charitable Foundation. It is a unique project bringing together not only cocoa quality and price but also social standards that ensure a future for the farmers.
As part of the project a centre has been set up in Bundibugyo for the collection, drying and fermentation of cocoa beans.
In Uganda land ownership is very fragmented: farmers usually own only 1-3 acres. Previously the beans were dried in the farmers’ houses which was inefficient and created health problems.
The new collection centre produces high quality cocoa which then sells for a higher price and benefits the farmers who are paid as soon as they deliver fresh cocoa to the collection centre.
Support for the farmers is provided through training on modern agricultural techniques to enhance their crops and improve their profitability.
As part of the project further assistance is provided to local villages which covers education, health and social care.
Since April 2010 when the project started 3800 small farmers have sold their cocoa with 1558 of the farmers organising themselves into 44 farming groups selling their cocoa on an ongoing basis.
This project has local representatives who ensure the agreed standards are followed and the system is not abused or cheated.