For the third year in a row, we were unfortunately unable to visit our partners at PISA due to social unrest in the region. Haiti has been challenged severely by both natural disasters and especially by political graft and near constant social strife. Thankfully, I have been able to connect with the PISA team via video call, and confirm that they have been safe and well.
In spite of these challenges, the PISA organization, which consolidates all of the small farmer production for us in the North of Haiti, has been growing. Demand for their product was weaker during the early pandemic days in 2020 but grew strongly in 2021, allowing them to continue to expand their farmer network. I anxiously await the day when we can again visit our valued partners there, and see all of the progress that has been made since we were last together.
-- Alex Whitmore, Taza CEO
Due to the pandemic in 2020 and civil unrest in 2021 and 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