Cocoa buyers and chocolate manufacturers still use various strategies to deflect when the issue of child slavery is raised
Child labour rates, and potentially other sensitive subjects, are not being measured accurately
DNA testing for cocoa beans could fight slavery and child labour.
Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana produce almost two-thirds of the world’s cocoa, and face high rates of deforestation. But the cocoa industry could make changes to become more sustainable.
The importance of raw cocoa beans to Ghana’s foreign exchange earnings is derailing the development of a viable chocolate industry
Before you stock the pantry with chocolate this Easter, think twice about whether it’s ethically produced.
Sloths love Cecropia trees. But a new study shows they may sometimes desert their favourite for other species.
A bold new commitment from the cocoa and chocolate industry to end deforestation is welcome. But we must avoid blaming the farmers.
There are rising concerns that rapid deforestation across the Amazon and Southeast Asia could spread to Africa. The continent hasn’t yet seen vast agricultural expansion but it could be on the way.
Information to weather changes is often unavailable to Africa’s farmers and even if it does exist, the quality is poor or inaccessible to those who need it most.
The benchmark scheme that protects cocoa farmers and local communities could be toppled as big players rethink their role.