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7 Mär 2016

Esther Han, Sydney Morning Herald

Women cocoa farmers struggle with less pay, land and training compared with men

Women in the cocoa supply chains…are struggling every day with less pay, lack of land and tools, and exclusion from decision-making roles…Mars…Nestle…and Mondelez…was "moving in the right direction", Oxfam says they can do a whole lot more…[S]pokeswoman Kelly Dent says[…]"Twelve of the lowest-paying stages in cocoa production are reserved for women. The companies…need…to implement strong action plans." Ivory Coast…is among the world's worst countries for gender equality…Jeanne Kindo recalled the many years she farmed…excluded from training because she was a woman...Through Nestle's Cocoa Plan, she attended training sessions on leadership, agricultural business and gender equality. She nows leads the Bametioh…women's union…Mondelez says through its Cocoa Life program, it is…recognising women as producers and providing better access to credit and training in skills…Mars launched its Women's Empowerment Plan in mid-2015 in partnership with International Centre for Research on Women and Care International, which will…provide loans and access to finance for women…Oxfam says female farmers struggle to access credit because they do not own land…