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  Cocoa deal to boost fair trade chocolate
Updated 26 November 2002, 11.52
Chocolate comes from cocoa beans
Chocolate comes from cocoa beans

Sales of "fair trade" chocolate in the UK are set to double thanks to a deal announced by a supermarket chain.

"Fair trade" means the farmers who grow the cocoa beans that go into chocolate will get paid more money.

The Co-Op supermarket chain has promised to make all its own-brand chocolate completely fair trade.

It's struck a deal with cocoa farmers in Ghana in West Africa

Farmers in Africa harvest cocoa
Farmers in Africa harvest cocoa
Campaigners for fair trade say big companies don't pay a fair price for the cocoa beans and keep too much money from the chocolate they sell.

Because so many people grow cocoa around the world, the companies can look for ages until they find the lowest price possible.

Paying a fair price

They are able to offer much less money than the farmer wants for their crops because of the farmer doesn't accept the price on offer, the companies will take their business somewhere else.

Fair trade companies make sure they pay the farmers enough money to earn a living after covering all their costs.

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