Thankfully, the region where PISA is located seems to have been spared a major COVID-19 outbreak to date. But demand for their high-quality, organic Haitian cocoa was erratic during 2020. At the beginning of the pandemic, small manufacturers who use organic cacao cut back on buying. This caused PISA to temporarily halt cocoa collection in the early part of the summer. Buyers in Europe and elsewhere reduced forecasted demand and created doubt about the demand for the coming year. It was difficult for independent farmers to manage through this turbulent market. As 2020 comes to a close, demand for organic Haitian cacao is rebounding, though the crop is delayed as the result of a recent drought.
Due to the pandemic in 2020 and civil unrest in 2019, our last in-person visit to PISA was in 2018.
*Price based on FOB terms and equal to the negotiated fixed price or to the negotiated premium plus the world market price on the day the contract is closed
**Price the individual farmer receives for their cacao prior to its further processing, packing and export. Taza's 2016 Transparency Report, "Let's Talk Price" provides an in-depth exploration of the topic
*** Wages are paid in local currency and are translated into USD, but are not adjusted for purchasing power or a country's cost of living. Where a range is given, wages vary based on type of work and skill and experience level. In all cases, our Partners pay employees at or above their country's minimum wage