Pa Pa Paa: Teach About Fairtrade and Cocoa Comic Relief

Poetry Competition

 Get creative with the Divine Chocolate & Christian Aid Poetry Competition!

This year's theme: Where does the chocolate journey begin?

The key ingredient in chocolate is cocoa. Most of the cocoa you eat comes from the rainforests of West Africa, where farmers tend their cocoa trees on small family farms. This is where the chocolate journey begins.

Who can enter

The competition has three categories:

  • 7-11 year olds
  • 12-16 year olds
  • 17 years and over.

Open to UK residents aged 7 years and over. No purchase necessary. All valid entries received by the closing date will be considered. Full terms and conditions

Closing date

The deadline for poems in English is 5th June 2020.

Prizes

A film of your poem being read by this year's guest judge, Onjali Raúf, winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2019.

PLUS Divine Chocolate goodies and book tokens!

Submit your poems

The deadline for poems is 5th June 2020.

The simplest way to submit your poems is by scanning them and uploading them online. You can also send them by post to: Poetry Competition, Divine Chocolate, 4 Gainsford Street, London, SE1 2NE. Or you can email them to: tom@tradingvisions.org.

Online Submission Form

Poem template (optional)

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What should I write about?

The theme is Where does the chocolate journey begin?

Cocoa grows on trees

The key ingredient in chocolate is cocoa. Most of the cocoa you eat comes from the rainforests of West Africa, where poor farmers tend their cocoa trees on small family farms. This is where the chocolate journey begins.

The journey through history

Among the Mayans and Aztecs of Central America where cocoa originated, cocoa beans were so important they were used as money. Nobles drank cocoa at royal feasts. In modern times, chocolate has come to symbolise romantic love and luxury.

From bean to bar

Cocoa comes from the seeds of cocoa pods, which grow on the cocoa tree. Farmers harvest the cocoa, ferment it and dry it out in the sun, and then send it to factories to be made into delicious chocolate.

Into the future

Changing weather patterns make it harder to grow cocoa, driving cocoa farmers to move and cut down the rainforest for new farms, which makes climate change worse. Through Fairtrade, we can support cocoa farmers to farm in a better way and protect the forest.

Want some inspiration about cocoa and the rainforest? Watch our short film Guardians of the Rainforest.

Remember this is the Divine Poetry Competition – if you write about chocolate products, don’t write about other chocolate companies!