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Chocolate Nations: Living and Dying for Cocoa in West Africa
     

Chocolate Nations: Living and Dying for Cocoa in West Africa

by Orla Ryan
 

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The chocolate crop provides a lifeline for millions of farmers in West Africa, which produces about 70% of the world's cocoa and is crucial to the economies and politics of Ghana and Ivory Coast. Chocolate Nations examines the causes of farmer poverty, pl

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The chocolate crop provides a lifeline for millions of farmers in West Africa, which produces about 70% of the world's cocoa and is crucial to the economies and politics of Ghana and Ivory Coast. Chocolate Nations examines the causes of farmer poverty, pl

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"Orla's Chocolate Nations is a captivating read, painting a lively picture of the West African cocoa trade from a variety of perspectives. It casts a critical eye over the role played by governments and multinationals, while also putting fair trade and child slavery campaigns in perspective. It gives us all a good deal more to think about when we eat 'the food of the gods'." - Daniel Balint Kurti at Global Witness

"I gave up eating chocolate years ago after seeing at first hand the exploitation that surrounds its production in Africa. Since then, endless panaceas and fair trading schemes have failed to improve the lot of the farmers. It was about time a book like this was written." - Stephen Chan OBE, author of The End of Certainty

"A courageous and thoughtful account of a murky industry." - Times Literary Supplement

"That Mmmmoment when our lips meet the meltilicious chocolate bar we've been waiting for all day ... well, it could be the last bite we take of it that tastes right after reading this exposé of the cocoa industry. 'Fair trade' is a great feel-good advertising line, but it is often a contradiction in terms. Not much profit trickles down from the shelves of our shops to the farmers and child labor (in reality, trafficked or slave labor, Ryan says) of Ghana and Ivory Coast whose poverty is covered up by weasel words from trade associations and financial interests glibly defending exploitation and profiteering." - Iain Finlayson, Times

"Chocolate Nations is a fascinating account of the struggles of cocoa producers in West Africa, almost all of them smallholders, and what it takes to turn a crop of cocoa into a warehouse full of Ferrero Rocher." - Jeremy Harding, The Guardian

"Paints a disturbing and subtle picture of an industry few chocolate consumers think about." - Sydney Morning Herald

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848130050
Publisher:
Zed Books
Publication date:
01/15/2011
Series:
African Arguments Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Orla Ryan is a freelance journalist based in London. She previously worked for the BBC, and as a journalist in Africa. In recent years she worked for Reuters in Ghana, where, among other stories, she covered the West African cocoa sector. 

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