Cocoa can’t be sustainable without systemic changes for farmers, report says

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Cocoa companies aiming to improve the sustainability of their supply chains must change their business model to provide higher incomes to farmers in order to become truly sustainable, according to a new report.

In the biennial Cocoa Barometer report released last month, researchers at the nonprofit watchdog group Voice Network said several factors are amplifying the environmental and human rights problems the cocoa industry faces, and producers are failing to tackle the most severe impacts of cocoa production, chief among them: child labor, lack of a living wage for farmers and deforestation.

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