On International Women’s Day, Barry Callebaut celebrates women like Marie Tanoh, champion cocoa farmer
It may not seem so unusual that a women’s only cooperative like Marie’s exists. Especially when you consider that women account for nearly half of the world's farmers, and in some countries, up to 60% of the agricultural labor force (FAO, 2011). However, there is often a large gender disparity in the agricultural sector, with women experiencing decreased access to financial support, training, resources and land rights in comparison to their male counterparts. For example, it is estimated that in terms of land ownership, women in sub-Saharan Africa only hold 18 percent of land titles (Social Institutions and Gender Index, 2014).
For many women in cocoa growing communities, balancing traditional gender roles and duties, such as household tasks and child care, with cocoa production work can be a difficult challenge.
I believe that the role women play is very important for the balance of the family... women can also make additional income to support the family.