West African cocoa farmers are largely poor despite the value of their crop.
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Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire’s best option is to control and restrict supply instead of simply adding a price premium.
Many countries in Africa are dependent on commodities export.
Ghana remains heavily dependent on primary commodity exports for foreign exchange earnings.
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Stratford Hall in Westmoreland, Virginia, where enslaved cook and chocolatier Caesar lived and worked in the kitchen.
There’s a bittersweet history to chocolate in America. At one plantation museum in Virginia, the story of enslaved chocolatier Caesar shows the oppression that lay behind the elite’s culinary treat.
Cocoa may not be the panacea it was once believed to be, but it’s more than just a guilty pleasure.
Before you stock the pantry with chocolate this Easter, think twice about whether it’s ethically produced.
Ghana’s forests require better care if cocoa farming is to be sustainable.
The rising demand on the world market for cocoa has put pressure on Ghana’s forests.
Workers in an assembly line.
A large free trade area could hinder the development of manufacturing, which countries need for economic growth.
Cocoa production is an important cog in Ghana’s economy.
It is time for Ghana to consider the future of its cocoa farmers rather than multinational chocolate producers.
A regenerating stand of rainforest in northern Costa Rica.
Many nations are restoring degraded tropical forests to slow climate change, protect endangered species and improve rural life. But those forests often are cleared again soon afterward.
Cameroonian President Paul Biya votes in the presidential elections in the capital Yaounde. He has been in power for 36 years.
President Paul Biya’s credibility and legitimacy are increasingly being tarnished, amid growing support for opposition candidates.
Cocoa fruit pods.
Shade trees buffer cocoa plants from heat and water stresses, and create conditions that benefit their growth.
A cocoa farmer among the trees he nurtures to shade his cocoa farm.
A bold new commitment from the cocoa and chocolate industry to end deforestation is welcome. But we must avoid blaming the farmers.
Don’t believe all the healthy hype.
The benchmark scheme that protects cocoa farmers and local communities could be toppled as big players rethink their role.
Chocolate dates back to 1900BC - but it’s now at risk of running out.
A little-known fruit could provide an alternative to cocoa butter.
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Nobel laureate and Kwame Nkrumah’s economic adviser Arthur Lewis saw Ghana as a testing ground for his ideas on economic development. But he was met with fierce resistance.
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Chocolate-makers have been trying to find a way to keep chocolate from melting at higher temperatures for years.
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