We purchase cocoa beans from
Ngoleagorbu Cocoa Farmers Union (NGOCFU).
The farmers union was founded in 2019.
There are 1,743 farmers, including 390 women in the union.
Gola Rainforest, part of the Upper Guinea Tropical Forest. South Eastern Sierra Leone. Kenema and Kailahun districts. Koya, Tunkia, Gaura and Malema chiefdoms.
- Gaura Cocoa Farmers Association (GACFA).
- Malema Cocoa Farmers Association (MACFA).
- Tunkia/Koya Cocoa Farmers Association (TUNKOCFA).
The cocoa varietal is Forastero (Amelonado and Upper Amazon) with the harvest from September to February.
Ngoleagorbu is the first farmer-led organisation from Sierra Leone to directly export Fairtrade Forest-Friendly cocoa beans. It represents a huge achievement for the 1,743 farmers (1,353 men, 390 women) in NGOCFU and is highly significant within the current context of greater ownership by marginalised producers and the demand for de-colonising trade.
In addition to Fairtrade certification, NGOCFU are working towards organic certification, and have pioneered a Forest-Friendly approach to cocoa farming on the edge of the Gola Rainforest.
Ngoleagorbu means ‘We who live at the forest edge’, and the Forest-Friendly approach means working together to farm sustainably and protect the rainforest, in order to support the sustainable livelihoods of forest-frontier farmers and their organisation.
NGOCFU was formed in 2016, and officially registered as a third tier cooperative union, representing its three farmer associations, in February 2019. Cocoa is fermented at village-level, then following stringent quality checks, it is weighed and accepted by the union and transported to Kenema to NGOCFU’s warehouse.
NGOCFU farmers use no artificial fertilisers or pesticides, and years of quality training shows in the high standard of the cocoa beans produced.
Meet Our Farmers
Guardians of the Rainforest’ is about the cocoa farmers who are working together to protect the Gola Rainforest in Sierra Leone, West Africa. The story is told by 14-year-old Beshey, whose family have been cocoa farmers for generations.