Jeanette and Doug James, the engine at the heart of Kingston's energetic Fairtrade movement, organised a brilliant programme for cocoa farmers in collaboration with two local schools and Kingston University.
I was one of the speakers at the SEL Stepping it up Marketing conference this week. It was a great opportunity to hear some inspiring entrepreneurs talking about their businesses, and sharing their learning.
We were recently approached by two people independently wanting to use the slot they'd been given on Anthony Gormley's Trafalgar Square plinth project to promote fair trade, and use Divine to make the point.
This week I'm mostly here in the office while Divine people travel far and wide across the UK accompanying Comfort Kumeah and Kojo Aduhene-Tano, the Kuapa Kokoo farmers over from Ghana for Fairtrade Fortnight.
No other organisation has done more or gone further in developing fair trade in action than Twin (the NGO behind Divine Chocolate, Cafedirect and Liberation/Harry's Nuts) which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
Fairtrade Fortnight is the most full-on and extraordinary two weeks of our year (not to mention all the time planning it) and we, and the farmers, meet more fantastic people in 14 days than one would hope to in a whole year.
Like other performers doing Glastonbury for the first time, we were all set for the most exciting gig of our lives. Divine had been invited to be the official chocolate bar at Glastonbury - a perfect union of ethical values and delicious fun!
While we were in Ghana for the Kuapa Kokoo AGM, Sophi and I met up with the new Gender Policy manager Monica Aidoo-Dadzie, and in her office she had some wonderful samples of batik made by the Amankwatia Women's Group
As well as offering a fantastic range of chocolate, Divine is here to give cocoa farmers a voice – and it’s so great to see the relish with which they take up that opportunity each Fairtrade Fortnight!
Divine Chocolate is delighted to announce that Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union has nominated Ms Fatima Ali as Interim President of the Union after the passing of the elected President Madam Christiana Ohene-Agyare.
This article details how farmers are being empowered to learn new skills and choose how to spend their Fair trade premium. We also give an update from Sao Tome, this is where our new organic range cocoa is sourced from for the first time.
Fatima Silva is a cocoa farmer from Claudino Faro, south of São Tomé town, deep in the tropical rainforest. Fatima has joined the Claudino Faro cocoa farmers’ association, which in turn is part of the CECAQ-11 co-operative and details the many benefits of the membership.
Mavis Adu Gyamfi is 30 years old, and a native of Sefwi - Akotombra in the northern part of western region. Mavis pursued Accounting at Kumasi polytechnic in the Ashanti region of Ghana and holds a diploma in Business Studies.