This Halloween, these cocoa producers hope you’ll go Fair Trade!

It’s the time of year that all chocolate lovers eagerly anticipate: Halloween is just around the corner, and since Halloween is one of our favourite holidays, we here at FTOÉ are eagerly counting down the days until the 31st!

If you’d like to support the Fair Trade cause this year and hand out Fair Trade goodies to the trick-or-treaters that come knocking on your door, where better to look than Ottawa’s very own Camino? Camino works directly with family farmers in 9 countries and strives to maintain and uphold Fair Trade practices, and ensure that all their products are made from Fair Trade ingredients.

Fair Trade Certified companies’ dedication and commitment to the family farmers they personally interact with ensures fairness in the cocoa supply chain. This means that farmers involved in cocoa production are treated with the respect they deserve.

Isidoro de la Rosa, Executive Director of the CONACADO cocoa cooperative

Many co-operatives across the globe are Fair Trade Certified. One such co-op is CONACADO (Confederación Nacional de Cacaocultores Dominicanos) in the Dominican Republic. CONACADO was founded in 1988 and consists of family farmers that make up a quarter of all cocoa farmers in the Dominican Republic. Camino began their collaboration with CONACADO in 2003 and it continues to this day.

Isidoro de la Rosa, Executive Director of CONACADO cocoa cooperative, knows the importance of the support provided by Fair Trade buyers like Camino. “In our country there was no tradition of fermenting cocoa,” he says. “With Fair Trade income we were able to implement a fermentation program to improve the quality of our cocoa and to convert our production to certified organic. This improved our position in the export market. The Fair Trade market is a very important market for the survival of our associates.”

Fair trade practices make it possible for co-ops like CONACADO to work towards their vision of achieving a “technologically developed cocoa farming sector with internationally renowned high quality cocoa products produced by men and women that have reached an adequate living standard.”

These efforts also help CONACADO work towards their mission, which is to ensure better income and an adequate standard of living for cocoa producers “by supporting a sustainable approach to property management, the improvement of product quality, efficient harvest marketing and by strengthening business and organizational practices and community development.”

With a wide variety of delicious chocolate bars (available in snack sizes – perfect for trick-or-treaters!) and chocolate-covered goodies, we are certain there’s something for everyone. FTOÉ is offering a discount on Halloween-sized Camino treats (while supplies last), but Camino’s products are also sold at several locations across Ottawa (such as Ten Thousand Villages, Market Organics and Rainbow Foods) as well as online.

Our very own Director of Events, Lia, even came up with a scrumptious chocolate cupcake recipe using Camino’s Fair Trade cocoa that we’re sure will be a hit at your upcoming Halloween party!

So, when deciding what to fill your trick-or-treat goody bags with and what to serve your guests this year, why not go Fair Trade?

Happy Halloween!

 

By Abeer Sami

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