Your Ivorian cocoa bean exporter

The challenges of the cocoa sector in Côte d'Ivoire

Farmers’ income

Despite being the world’s leading cocoa producer, the Ivorian cocoa value chain today still does not allow most of the small farmers to rise above the poverty line. According to the living standards survey conducted by the Ivoirian Ministry of Development and Plan in 2015, 55% of the 1 million cocoa farmers, are still living below the international poverty line of 2$ per day set by the World Bank


Extensive intense cocoa production has significantly contributed to the decrease of the Ivorian forest area by 56% (4.4 million acres) over the last 25 years (survey from the Bureau National d'Études Techniques et de Développement in 2016).

Child labor

According to a 2018 survey from the United States Department of Labor about 1.4 million children are working in plantations in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Côte d’Ivoire has published 2 ministerial orders in 2017 defining the list of dangerous activities forbidden for children and the list of light tasks allowed for 13-to-15-year-olds. Building awareness of such regulations in small farmers is key to ensuring acceptable working conditions on plantations.

Forced labor

Forced labor is still taking place throughout the cocoa production value chain in West Africa. The fight against such practices requires operating a responsible business approach of zero tolerance against these types of modern slavery.

Committed to a sustainable and competitive cocoa value chain

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Our mission

Export high-quality, traceable Ivorian cocoa beans, produced under sustainable and environmentally friendly conditions, which address upstream value chain challenges whilst benefiting cocoa farmers and other value chain stakeholders.

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Asondo selects and supports bean suppliers according to very specific criteria. We aim to offer tailor-made traceability and sustainable activities.

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