poetry competition

Have you ever thought about what you want to be when you’re older? Would you like to follow in your parents’ footsteps? Cocoa farming is a tough job.  It means working very hard in the hot sun, looking after the cocoa trees, then harvesting the pods, fermenting & drying the beans and packing up the sacks of cocoa to be made into your favourite bar of chocolate.

But if selling cocoa doesn’t earn you enough to feed your family, and improve your farm it’s not surprising if the next generation might not be that keen to stay in cocoa farming.

Thanks to chocolate lovers choosing Fairtrade companies like Divine, there is a new generation of children who have had access to an education their cocoa farming parents often missed out on. Many now have bigger dreams to use their education to become nurses or doctors, engineers or bank clerks.  But they can also see that, through Fairtrade, cocoa farming is becoming more fairly paid and working together as a cooperative means farmers are doing better for themselves.  So these children have choices.

This year we asked poets to imagine having to make this decision for yourself and to think about how they would be persuaded to take over their family cocoa farm when they grow up. 
We had some fantastic entries this year and we are delighted to announce this year’s winners:


7-11 WINNER:

Connor Hellings

12-16 WINNER:

Lloyd Hunter


Philip Howard 


See the full list of winners and runners up and their winning poems here