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gender & livelihoods

Cocoa is generally seen as a ‘male-dominated’ crop. However, if we zoom in on cocoa production, we see that a more complex picture appears: women perform (large) parts of cocoa labour, primarily under- or unpaid, and face different complexities as female farm managers.

Working towards sustainable cocoa requires a family farm approach and recognition of the diversity among farmers, both in gender as well as in other characteristics (e.g. age).

Food for thought

During the last partnership meeting (November 2012) the World Cocoa Foundation organized a panel around gender issues in the cocoa sector.


gender & livelihoods

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