ECOOKIM joins International Cocoa Initiative

The Union of Kimbê Cooperative Societies (ECOOKIM COOP CA) has just joined ICI as a member. The union, which was created in August 2004 with four cooperatives, has evolved quickly and is now made up of 30 cooperatives and over 37,000 farmers, throughout Côte d’Ivoire.

Since its creation, ECOOKIM COOP CA has been a cooperative union known for promoting sustainable development and the professionalisation of its members and affiliated farmers. Its aim is to offer the farmers working in its cooperatives, as well as their families and communities, better living conditions and community socio-economic actions.

The International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) is an organisation in the fight against child labour and forced labour in the cocoa-producing areas of Côte d’Ivoire and ECOOKIM Coop CA’s vision aligns with that of ICI.

According to Mr. Bamba Mamadou Adama, Managing Director of ECOOKIM COOP CA, “This union wished to work with ICI and other actors in the cocoa value chain to create a sustainable source of supply that respects human rights and the environment, while guaranteeing decent incomes for its members.”

“ECOOKIM is an important union of cooperatives whose membership will allow us to reach a larger number of farmers in our work for child protection in cocoa communities,” commented Matthias Lange, Executive Director of ICI. “We are happy to welcome them as a member and to work with them to improve the living conditions of farmers and their families. I am also particularly pleased to have a cooperative union as a member of ICI.”

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