In 2017 we started working exclusively with 861 farmers all of which are members of the initiative of Yayra Glover Ltd. The initiative provides help and finances to accomplish the organic certification. The training comprises of comprehensive farm management skills. These skills allow the farmers to increase their yields significantly. More on this here.
A little bit more than a third of the price excluding VAT. The average share is around 6%, if the cocoa is traded fairly it might be up to 7 or 8%. In order to provide Africa with a really fair share of your chocolate we bring all these well paid jobs during processing and production to Ghana. Retailers receive a little less than a third to cover their cost (real estate, labour, capital cost, …). The company behind fairafric, fairafric GmbH, needs another third to pay for sales, marketing, transport, certifications, warehousing and labour.
Child labour is totally unacceptable for fairafric and we have a zero tolerance approach. Our cooperative has representatives in each of their communities whose job responsibilities include making sure everybody knows about the child labour policies. Any violations are reported and we haven’t heard of one for years.
Overall Ghana has ever fewer cases of child labour in the cocoa sector and overall. Most cases that have become public have happened in neighboring Ivory Coast and Togo.
The key is, that our farmers have realized that investments and education pay off over times. Investments into their farms and better equipment has increased their yields massively. While their kids head to school, farmers are also eager to expand their own knowledge about cocoa farming.
Most of the additional money our farmers make is invested into their children’s future. We have already cases in which their kids have finished a university degree.
We at fairafric have the vision to bring real jobs outside of farming to Africa. From bean to bar in Africa! Through producing fairafric chocolate 100% in Africa we create desperately needed skilled jobs that are well paid.
Each of these jobs creates 2.8 more jobs in supporting industries (Worldbank study). With a decent pay and health plans for their whole families our workers can provide their children with the best education options. We believe that the way out of poverty is not by farming but by adding value to resources in the country of origin and through education.
Our approach aims much higher than “only” paying a farm-gate premium. We also pay premiums (600$ (or ~30%) per ton) but are much more focussed on enabling farmers to farm organically and sustainably increase the yields of their farms.
The key reason however is, that we want to make consumers away that we should not only trade resources fairly but that countries like Ghana should have the chance to make something out of their abundant natural wealth so to escape poverty by themselves.
Unfortunately there are no sources for organic, fairly traded sugar in West Africa yet. We source our raw cane sugar from Pure Life in Mozambique, fairly traded and 100% organic.
Our milk powder is from Germany. It is produced by the dairy factory Schrozberger and has one the highest organic standard Demeter. Read more about it here. Obviously, we would like to source all our ingredients in Ghana or other African countries. Unfortunately, there is currently no possibility for us to buy milk powder in Africa, as there is no producer for milk powder. Due to European exports of subsidised agricultural products, major parts of the local economy have been destroyed, as has been reported also in the media.
We are currently using organic milk powder for our chocolate with milk. However, we are definitely considering producing only vegan chocolate and we are looking into implementation possibilities. Until then, the animal and environmentally friendly origin of the milk is our top priority. Our milk powder comes from the Schrozberg farmers and is produced in best Demeter quality. Read more here.
Demeter e.V. is the oldest association for organic agriculture in Germany. The farmers cultivate their fields and livestock biodynamically. Demeter agriculture is regarded as the most sustainable form of land management and goes far beyond the requirements of the EU regulations for organic agriculture. The farmers are united in an association that is exclusively owned by the Schrozberger dairy farmers. This means, the farmers determine how “fair” the milk price is and what they want to invest in the dairy themselves.
The cows from which the good Demeter milk comes from are fed with 100% organic fodder, are kept in small herds and stay often outdoors. In addition, the animals are milked without robots and without the use of antibiotics on the teats.
That varies wildly with your own taste and the kind of chocolate. Good dark chocolate is a delicacy and, like good red wine and cheese, best consumed warm. Our 70% and 80% is best enjoyed at around 25 degrees Celsius.
Defined by the German Food Association, a certain contamination of mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOSH/MOAH) or similar substances cannot be avoided in food, due to environmental factors. In addition to the absorption of petroleum hydrocarbons through recycled packaging, the chemical compounds also find their way into food through processing machinery lubricating oils or food additives. By extracting probes, which is followed by an analysis in a mass detector, production can ensure that the goods are not contaminated with the chemical compounds. Since 2020, we have been producing in our own state-of-the-art organic chocolate factory in Ghana. Regular tests for MOSH/MOAH are just as much a part of quality management at this facility as the verification of organic quality. The production facility and the quality management therefore comply with the strictest international and European hygiene and safety standards. We at fairafric assure our customers and partners that our products meet the highest standards in terms of quality and taste and that they are flawless in terms of food safety.
Our team in Germany and Ghana is doing the very best to create chocolates you love and enjoy. Currently, we are only able to modify our chocolates with different toppings. Therefore, this procedure is done by our workers in Ghana handmade. Meaning that there is no machine which evenly spreads the flakes. However, the flakes are spread over the chocolate bars with a lot of love for you by hand. That’s why the amount of flakes (nibs/salt) slightly varies from bar to bar.
We sell at 1.62€ net to all our retailers. This margin, a little less than one third of the total price, allows retailers to cover their costs (real estate, labour, capital cost, …).
The company behind fairafric, fairafric GmbH, needs another third to pay for sales, marketing, transport, certifications, warehousing and labour. Our partners in Ghana receive the remaining third. The average share is around 6%, if the cocoa is traded fairly it might be up to 7 or 8%. In order to provide Africa with a really fair share of your chocolate we bring all these well paid jobs during processing and production to Ghana.
We use DHL’s gogreen service. Some very small shipments might be handled by the regular postal service.
At a a cool (between 14 and 18 degrees) and dry place with no sun light.
Aluminum foil provides a complete barrier to light, oxygen, moisture and bacteria. No other packaging solution that is feasible in Africa has these qualities. Aluminium can be recycled indefinitely without any loss of quality. The recycling rate of aluminium (87.9%) is comparable to that of paper/cardboard (88.7%). We are evaluating other options, esp. ones that are 100% biodegradable, and will change the packaging as soon as economically possible and food safety is 100% ensured. Unfortunatly our packaging machine in Ghana is incompatible with the characteristics of the biodegradable foil from Natureflex we have tested recently. We keep on working to further improve this part of the process as well and to make it as sustainable as we can.
Yes, 100%. Through our organic certification we are able to trace all our ingredients back to their sources.
We are convinced that the way to eradicate poverty in most African countries is to allow and encourage these countries to add value to their resources within their countries.
This achieves much more than just fair trade. We for instance increase Ghana’s income per ton of cocoa from $2,000 (conventional) or $2,200 (Fairtrade) to more than 10,000$ and create valuable, desperately needed jobs outside of farm work while doing it. That’s what we need to see more often.
A reefer, like ours which is cooled to 16 degree Celsius and 60% humidity, produces circa 1,208 kg CO2 on the way from Tema (Ghana) to Hamburg (Germany). In comparison: A “normal” container produces 876 kg CO2 for the same distance, in fact it is 332 kg less (source: Hapag Lloyd). To compare these emissions: a direct-flight of one person from Munich (Germany) to Accra (Ghana) puts out 1.138 kg CO2 (source: atmosfair).
Since 2018, we are compensating all our emissions by investing into carbon-offsetting projects.
Starting in the factory, which is situated in the port of Tema, the chocolate is loaded (almost) directly to the containership. To ensure a continuous high quality the chocolate is shipped to Europe in a reefer by 16 degree Celsius and 60% of humidity.
You can order through our online shop any time of the day here. We also offer a wide variety of subscriptions. We have a network of retailers in Germany and Austria which you can find here. If you know of a shop in your country/city that would be interested in retailing fairafric chocolate drop us a line.
The remuneration of day laborers (who are sometimes needed for weeding and harvest) is negotiated between farmers and the workers. Farmers are most of the time trying to help each other on their plantations in order to work in groups as working in company is much more fun.
An example from Suhum: While visiting a farm of an older lady early in 2017 I (Hendrik, founder of fairafric) asked how much she needs to spend in order to get her farm weeded. She said 500 Cedis, around 125$. I asked her to elaborate and she explained that she’d need five workers for five days to get her farm well weeded. She pays each of the workers 20 Cedis per day and cooks for them, the meal probably being worth around 5 Cedis. The government minimum wage in Ghana was just raised from 7 to 8 Cedis a day a month earlier.