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Entreprise Coopérative Kimbe - Financing smallholder cocoa farmer cooperatives

Entreprise Coopérative Kimbe

Financing smallholder cocoa farmer cooperatives

Côte d'Ivoire

Fair trade

Trade in products that have been certified and carry a fair trade label. An example of this is a farmer’s cooperative that collectively sells its cocoa to a fair trade organization.

Entreprise Coopérative Kimbe (Ecookim) represents cocoa farmer cooperatives across Southern and Western Cote d’Ivoire. The union’s core objective is to ensure that smallholder cocoa farmers receive a greater share of the profits by selling directly on the international cocoa markets. Ecookim’s main activity consists of buying and processing raw cocoa from its members and exporting cocoa beans.

The cocoa cooperative has Fairtrade and UTZ certifications, with members having access to technical and capacity building assistance, training and pre-purchase financing.

Ecookim was founded in 2004 and first partnered with Oikocredit in 2016.

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