Fairtrade International wanted to measure farmer household income and living income of Fairtrade certified cocoa farmers in Ivory Coast to gain more insights into the living income gap and to inform their sustainable strategies and programs.
In total, data on farmer household incomes was collected from over 3000 farmers. The analysis included insights in the distribution of farmer household income, the profitability of cocoa and the value added (profit + labour costs) per FTE. These results were then compared to the living income benchmark. Additionally, the impact of Fairtrade’s supporting activities (e.g., trainings and provision of inputs) were also examined.
Moreover, we did a threshold analysis, in which we analysed under which conditions Fairtrade can help their farmers to earn above the poverty line – or even help them make a living income.