Karen Robinson


A democratically elected recorder, an official trusted by the villagers, weighs sacks of cocoa beans. A 25kg weighing stone is used to check the scales are accurate. Prior to 1993, middlemen buying on behalf of Cocobod (the government's cocoa marketing body) fixed the scales to cheat the cocoa farmers out of a fair price.
The villagers of Domebra sell part of their crop under a fair trade initiative, which not only pays the farmers a fixed rate for their cocoa beans, regardless of fluctuating market prices, but a 'social premium' of $150 a tonne which helps fund community projects.

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