top of page

Empowering the Cocoa Farmer

Project Hope & Fairness, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting cocoa farmers in utilizing the cocoa they grow in their own backyard on the world market, was founded by Chef Tom Neuhaus, former owner of Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates in San Luis Obispo. The Taylor Family of Stafford's Chocolates acquired Mama Ganache in May of 2018, and are proud to support the goals of Project Hope & Fairness. Read on for additional information from Chef Tom regarding Project Hope & Fairness and visit their website at to learn more or make a donation.

Mr. Ouedrago Abdoulaye is piling his beans in the middle so he can fill the jute bags before driving them to nearby Issia, where there are lots of buyers. He is using a cheap plastic bucket. Normally, this would demonstrate the dearth of quality tools, but in this case, he probably doesn't bother because it's hard to carry a shovel on a motorcycle when you're busy negotiating the potholes and other obstacles you encounter on your way to your farm. There are, after all, very few paved roads.


By Tom Neuhaus, PhD

The world chocolate industry struggles with a very embarrassing situation: over 70% of the cacao beans used come from 2.5 million small farmers in West Africa—40% from Ivory Coast, 21% from Ghana, 5% from Cameroon, and 5% from Nigeria. The average farmer makes less than $200 per year, which puts him or her in the bottom quintile of the world’s wage earners. As a result, the people who grow most of our cocoa cannot even send their children to school or purchase the medication that keeps their children from dying of malaria.

Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates, Inc. was founded by Tom and Eve Neuhaus in 2004. From the very beginning it focused on ways to do no harm—to use chocolate that benefitted the cocoa farmer. This included organic and Fair Trade certifications and then eventually the production of bean-to-bar chocolate, which rewards the cocoa farmer for quality. In 2006, Tom established Project Hope and Fairness, a 501 (c)3 non-profit designed to find ways to improve the livelihoods of African cocoa farmers. In the ensuing 12 years, Tom has built 1 chocolate factory and 1 rice-hulling factory in Depa, Ivory Coast, and is currently working on two more factories in neighboring Pezoan.

The Neuhaus family sold its chocolate business to the Taylor family of Porterville, California in May, 2018. Since then, Ben Taylor has taken over where Tom and Eve left off. This includes a commitment to the cocoa farmer. In early September, 2018, Ben is flying to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, to join Tom on a week-long trip to 5 cocoa-growing villages. Tom will show Ben the realities of cocoa village life, how cocoa is grown and processed, and how Depa’s chocolate plant makes bittersweet chocolate from locally grown beans. Ultimately, Tom and Ben plan to establish a brand, Seven Villages Chocolate, for export to the U.S. and to Europe. The goal is to have at least seven villages manufacturing chocolate and cocoa mixes. This kind of commercial development stands to make cocoa growing a sustainable occupation rather than a recipe for impoverishment.

81 views3 comments

3 comentários

11 de mar.

I contacted a home remodeling companies near me to do a kitchen remodel and was very pleased with their work. They were professional, offered great design ideas and completed the work on time. The result exceeded my expectations and my kitchen now looks brand new.


With the 254th alternative of the 2022 NFL Draft the Chicago Bears consist of most well-liked security Elijah Hicks against the California Golden Bears. Chicago excess this opt for previous upon Saturday within just a exchange with the Chargers exactly where they delivered a 2023 6th for this 254 and the following choose at 255. Hicks didn't purchase an invite in direction of the NFL Mix and he didn't buy in the direction of take part at his expert working day right after remaining hurt at the East West Shrine recreation. The harm wasn't severe and he's anticipating in direction of be geared up for performing exercises camp, and though he wasn't upon the sector at Cal's professional working day…


Previous this 7 days, the Buffalo Expenditures declared a fresh assistant total supervisor and other specials in just their entrance business office. Throughout a drive meeting after the formal thrust launch naming Brian Gaine as the fresh new supreme lieutenant, total supervisor Brandon Beane explained they interviewed 2 inner applicants, 2 exterior applicants, and had been blocked versus interviewing one particular extra exterior applicants. Due toward some sleuthing at The Athletic, we consist of the entire record of names by now. We presently understood Gaine and Terrence Grey competed for the advertising and marketing in the Expenses' business. Inevitably, Gaine was called assistant over-all supervisor and is made up of preceding encounter as an assistant over-all supervisor and total supervisor…

bottom of page