"We need to accelerate dialogue and action to create a sector-wide living incomes strategy. For us, this means that we will deepen long-term investment in Cocoa Life and continue to use our data and partnerships to help drive a balanced, data-driven debate involving multi-stakeholders leading to realistic solutions. As an industry, we need to create a data-driven, sector-wide accountability framework that considers progress and impact, and a market management strategy to address farmer economic resilience. Underpinned by a multi-stakeholder approach with like-minded changemakers and governments to address the broader poverty issue systemically."
Cathy Pieters, Senior Director Sustainable Ingredients & Cocoa Life, Mondelēz
"At Wageningen University & Research, we know we have an important role to play to make change happen for the millions of people working in agriculture who are currently not earning a living income or living wage. Through collaboration, we’re able to translate research findings into concrete meaning and recommendations, so partners and stakeholders can use it in their work to enable strategies built on traceable and robust evidence. To achieve this and take action, we need to continue discussions and create a shared understanding of the challenges farmers face, and find pathways for improvement together."
Yuca Waarts, Senior Researcher Sustainable Value Chains, Wageningen University & Research