Divine Impact Report puts women first and centre

Divine Chocolate, the international Fairtrade company, has championed women farmers for over 20 years. The 2018-19 Impact Report, out now, details the latest programmes and collaboration with farmers across Africa, all of which ensure women benefit equally, and that they can fully contribute to the sustainability of their farming futures. Read the Impact Report online here.

The Report details the high rates of women’s engagement achieved, as well as new initiatives including the innovative Forest-Friendly Cocoa programme in Sierra Leone.

Divine, initially working specifically with the farmers in Ghana who have a stake in the company, focused on women gaining equal access to inputs, finance, training and land. Divine determined early on the importance of literacy and numeracy in ensuring women could benefit equally from their labour, women’s groups to share learning, mentor and give women more power to speak out, and the disaggregation of all survey and research data by gender to ensure the difference between women and men’s needs and circumstances is accurately recognised. In most farming communities it is also important to establish formalisation of women’s land rights.

From the start, 2% of Divine’s annual turnover has been invested in programmes prioritised by farmers.  The new Report identifies the five key areas, focused on the future sustainability of farming communities in Ghana, São Tomé, Sierra Leone and Malawi, where the funds have been invested: Gender Justice, Sustainable Agriculture, Labour Rights, Strong Organisations, and Learning & Leading.

By focusing on gender justice across all programmes, Divine is achieving a much higher rate of engagement and training for women than the global average (e.g. in São Tomé 42% of farmers getting agricultural training are women vs the 5% global average).

The programmes were developed and implemented on the ground in each country by Divine’s agricultural specialists Dr Felicity Butler and Lydia Dance in partnership with the farmers, and with support on some initiatives from relevant NGOs. 

For further information or images contact charlotte.borger@divinechocolate.com

Editors notes:

  • Read Divine Chocolate’s report on 20 years of empowering women farmers here
  • Divine Chocolate is based in the UK and USA, and is sold in UK, USA, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Turkey, South Korea, Japan, China and Australia.