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Shining A Light On The Dark Side Of Cocoa

From  www.washingtonpost.com

On World Chocolate Day, we celebrated this beloved treat that emerged from the jungles of Central America to dominate the confectionery world. For most people, chocolate is synonymous with indulgence, a rich treat to be relished. But for the millions of small-scale farmers producing most of the world’s cocoa, it’s a synonym for poverty.

According to recent research from Fairtrade International, the median income for a cocoa household in the Ivory Coast — the nation that produces more of the world’s cocoa than any other — is just $2,707 per year, an amount hovering close to the extreme poverty level of $2,276. The research of more than 3,000 households found that just 12 percent of those surveyed earned a living income.

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