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Will Gates Foundation Funding Help Cocoa Farmers?
Author: Tim Newman, Campaigns Assistant, International Labor Rights Forum, in , Published on: 20 February 2009
Some of the press releases from the Gates Foundation and WCF correctly identify improving farmer access to market information and agricultural inputs as well as strengthening farmer organization as key areas to focus on, but we wonder if the WCF is best suited to achieve these goals. We encourage the Gates Foundation to engage directly with farmers, cooperatives and unions in West Africa to hear directly from them what they need to improve living and working conditions. Our suspicion is that they would get different answers than from the multinational chocolate companies. [refers to Archer Daniels Midland, Nestlé, Cadbury Schweppes (now Cadbury), Kraft]