Friday, October 1, 2010

Donations--Dryness Meters (5)

These pictures are the property of Tom Neuhaus. You may use each as displayed on this site for free; please attribute the source (Tom Neuhaus, Project Hope and Fairness). For higher resolution, you can purchase the original for $5. To do this, visit and click the Donate button. Donate $5 per picture and then email me ( what pictures you want and I will send them back to you. Thank you in advance for donating cocoa farming tools to West African cocoa farmers by purchasing a picture.

Or, a yummy way to help the West African cocoa farmer is to purchase chocolate from my company, Sweet Earth Organic Chocolates. Or, visit Splash Cafe, my sister's restaurant. Splash Cafe and its sister business, Splash Cafe Artisan Bakery donate at least $2500 every summer to Project Hope and Fairness and makes my trips possible.


Dryness meters are critical to ensuring that cocoa beans reach 7% moisture content before they are stored and shipped. Project Hope and Fairness donates dryness meters to villages in the expectation that the farmers can store their beans longer in order to command a higher price. They also improve the relationship between the farmers and pisteurs, who often cut the prices they pay because beans need additional drying.

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Dryness meter that uses a probe. Coopaga Fair Trade cooperative, near San Pedro, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.

2) SafCacao15.jpg
Dryness meter in the Saf Cacao laboratory. San Pedro, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006

3) DrynessMeterDepa.jpg
Donating a dryness meter to the village of Depa. Depa, Côte d'Ivoire, 2008.

4) Broguhe_Ceremony02.jpg
Donating a dryness meter to the village of Broguhe, Côte d'Ivoire, 2009.

5) Zereguhe_Ceremony01.jpg
Donation of a dryness meter to the village of Zereguhe, Côte d'Ivoire, 2009.

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