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2014: International Year of Family Farming

The United Nations has made 2014 the International Year of Family Farming. Around 500 million people worldwide directly depend on family farming for their livelihoods, and family farmers are responsible for more than half of all global agricultural production.

The photographs below offer an insight into the lives of UTZ certified cocoa farmers from Côte d’Ivoire, where there are many thousands of small family run cocoa farms. Most UTZ certified cocoa comes from farms that are smaller than two hectares.

Cocoa farming faces many challenges – which you can read about in our previous blogs – but sustainability programs like UTZ Certified have a big role to play in enabling farmers to create better opportunities for themselves and their children.

Click on the photos to open a slideshow and find out more about family farming in Côte d’Ivoire.

All photos taken by Nabil Zorkot. Copyright UTZ Certified.