Saturday, October 2, 2010

Kavokiva (6)

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1) Checks4Kavokiva.jpg
Donations to Kavokiva, which at the time was one of two Fair Trade certified cooperatives in Cote d'Ivoire. Now there are 7. Kavokiva is currently in limbo because it has not documented adequately its social premiums.

2) InsecticideSign.jpg
Posted in the halls of Kavokiva, which like other cooperatives, sells insecticides, Gonate, Cote d'Ivoire, 2005.

3) ChildLaborSign.jpg
Posted in the halls of Kavokiva, which as a FT-certified cooperative, informs it members about what is allowed and what is not allowed in terms of child labor. Gonate, Cote d'Ivoire, 2005.

4) Office1.jpg
Tom meets with officials of Kavokiva Cooperative. Gonate, Cote d'Ivoire. 2005.

5) PriceSign.jpg
In 2005, I asked many people what they were being paid. Always, it was “130 CFA per Kg”. At that time, the farmgate price was over 800 CFA, of which more than 300 went to the government in taxes. Much of that ended up funding the war against the rebels in the North. True to its principles, Kavokiva members received twice the usual price.

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The price for cocoa had risen to 400 CFA per Kg by 2007. Kavokiva, Gonate, Cote d'Ivoire. 2007.

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