2022 was a very challenging year for the nation of Haiti, which makes the work PISA does of providing an export market for the small farmers in the Northern portion of the country all the more important. With roadblocks halting all traffic on major roadways for large chunks of time, fuel shortages and protests across the countryside, along with a lack of government and rule-of-law, getting business done is difficult. The amazing team at PISA persevered and delivered three large shipping containers for over 75 metric tons of cocoa for Taza Chocolate in 2022!
It is impossible to overemphasize how remarkable this accomplishment was in the current political and economic climate there. We are hoping for a more peaceful and prosperous 2023 for the PISA team and the farmers that provide the amazing quality cocoa PISA has become renowned for.
-- Alex Whitmore, Taza CEO
Due to the pandemic in 2020 and civil unrest in 2022, 2021 and 2019, our last in-person visit to PISA was in 2018. Alex connected in person with Aline Etlicher from PISA at the Northwest Chocolate Festival in Seattle in November 2022.
*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