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We have been working with the farmers of our partner initiative Yayra Glover, Since 2017. Yayra Glover. In addition to organic farming, the initiative trains the farmers in farm management to increase the yield and quality of the cocoa and thus raise incomes.
For fairafric, the focus is on shifting value creation to Africa. From tree to bar in Africa! By producing locally, we create skilled and well-paid jobs.
We go one step further than Fairtrade, rethinking Fairtrade and setting new standards for sustainable development by creating value in the country of the raw material, cocoa. Our new solar-powered factory can employ 80 people directly on site in a rural region from the first year. Each of these jobs creates another 2.8 jobs in supplier factories, according to the World Bank.
The increased income will enable our workers to provide their children with access to secondary education. We are convinced that the only sustainable way out of poverty is through education.
We are convinced that the best way out of poverty in many African countries is to transfer the entire value chain to the countries concerned. That's why we buy cocoa from farmers we know, pay a bonus of $600 per ton of cocoa, and can trace every bean back to the plantation.
We transport all the ingredients to our factory in Ghana, where the chocolate is made on-site and packaged. This way, we increase Africa's income from a bar of chocolate many times over compared to simply exporting cocoa beans in conventional production.
You can find our unpacked fairafric chocolate bars at our partner Tarabao.
Yes, you won't find a gram of plastic with us! The Natureflex film in which the fairafric chocolate bars are packaged is made of wood cellulose and is biodegradable in your own home compost. Unfortunately, the organic waste ordinance in Germany does not yet allow Natureflex film to be disposed of in the organic waste garbage can. However, the packaging industry is confident that these rules will soon change.
Child labor is an absolute taboo for fairafric, there is zero tolerance here. There has never been a case on the farms we work with for years. Together with our partner initiative Yayra Glover, we make unannounced visits to the farms to assure ourselves that there are no children on the farms.
By paying the farmers an additional income, which they earn through their organic certification and training in sustainable agriculture, fairafric actively combats child labor: Our experience shows that when we pay the farmers more for the cocoa, they invest this additional income in the education of their children.
They are aware of the importance of education for their children; it is important not to miss a day of school. We also draw attention to this in special training sessions and sensitize the farmers to the dangers of child labor. Some of the farmers' children have already obtained a university degree already!
Our factory is located in Suhum. From the factory the chocolate is loaded into a container. This is loaded by truck to the port and there onto a container ship. In order to be able to guarantee a consistently high quality, the chocolate is brought to Europe in a refrigerated container at 16 degrees and 60% humidity.
MOSH/MOAH are petroleum hydrocarbons that are unavoidable in food due to environmental factors, according to the German Food Association. In addition to ingestion of petroleum hydrocarbons through recycled packaging, the chemical compounds also enter food through processing machinery lubricating oils or food additives.
By extracting samples and then analyzing them with a mass detector, it is possible to accurately determine whether a food product contains them.
Since 2020, we have been producing in our own state-of-the-art organic chocolate factory in Ghana. Regular testing for MOSH/MOAH is just as much a part of quality management here as checking for organic quality. The production facility and the quality management there 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 absolutely flawless in terms of food safety.
Yes, 100%. In the course of our organic certification, we can also provide complete proof of this.
Demeter e.V. is the oldest organic association in Germany. The farmers manage their fields and livestock biodynamically. Demeter agriculture is considered the most sustainable form of land management and goes far beyond the requirements of the EU organic regulation. The farmers are united in a cooperative, which is exclusively in the hands of Schrozberg dairy farmers. This means that the farmers themselves determine how "fair" the milk price is and what they want to invest in the dairy.
The cows, from which the good Demeter milk comes, receive 100% organic feed and are kept in small herds with species-appropriate outdoor access. In addition, the animals are milked without robots and without the use of antibiotics on the teats.
This varies depending on the variety and your own preferences. Our plain varieties taste best at above room temperature (>25 degrees Celsius). Feel free to try it out and let us know what you think. But be careful, if we don't want to eat the chocolate right away, we store it in a cool, dry place at lower temperatures (maximum 19 degrees without direct sunlight).
Our chocolate remains in the best condition when stored in a dry and cool place between 14 and 19 degrees Celsius.
We ship worldwide with DHL (gogreen - climate neutral shipping).
On 21.04.2021 we reached a new milestone on our mission "Decolonize Chocolate": Since then we officially became a corporation! Since it is our common goal to revolutionize the chocolate world and break new, true fairgrounds in the cooperation between the Global North and the South, we constantly need growth capital to buy ingredients and invest in new projects. That is why we have decided to become a public limited company. By issuing preferred shares, where shareholders have no voting rights, we can acquire ample financial resources while avoiding that large investors could jeopardize the mission of fairafric. What we like most is that we pay interest and dividends not to big banks, but to our supporters who share our values.
In Switzerland, Austria, France, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and many other countries in Europe. And of course in Ghana!