Cocoa, human rights and advocacy, this is where Andrea feels at home in terms of content. Fieldwork in Mexico, journalism in the Swiss media, and many years of working on human rights in the cocoa value chain at Public Eye made her realize how important it is to know the people and their needs in food production chains. She is therefore excited to use the Schoggifestival to turn the conventional chocolate world on its head with new, more sustainable approaches.
Andrea is a Certified Chocolate Taster according to the International Institute for Cacao and Chocolate Tasting and a juror at the International Chocolate Awards. The environmental social scientist founded her company, The small batch project, to reconnect with the areas where our cacao is grown and the people who grow it. The Schoggifestival aims to show exactly that and make visible that the chocolate world has changed massively in Switzerland in recent years.
A few years ago, the illustrator and graphic designer’s attention fell on the problems in the cocoa business. Since then, she has supported sustainable production and meaningful projects in the field of cocoa and is fascinated by how cocoa has accompanied people for so many years and what delicious products can be made from the fine cocoa. With her work for the Schoggifestival she wants to express her gratitude to the wonderful nature and to those producers who work for a better chocolate world.
Anja studied sociology and cultural studies. With her company, the agency Nunyola GmbH, she exclusively serves customers behind whose social and ecological responsibility she can stand. She is also active in her parents’ company Yayra Glover Ltd. in Ghana, which has the great goal of decolonizing cocoa. She initiated the chocolate festival before the pandemic with the aim of informing consumers and getting them to think about alternatives when buying chocolate that would improve the lives of cocoa producers in the long term.
The team built the foundation, the concept and the program for the Schoggifestival ehrundredlich more than two years ago – just before Switzerland went into lockdown with the entire world.