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Chocolate Nations: Living and Dying for Cocoa in West Africa (African Arguments)


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Chocolate - the very word conjures up a hint of the forbidden and a taste of the decadent. Yet the story behind the chocolate bar is rarely one of luxury...

From the thousands of children who work on plantations to the smallholders who harvest the beans, Chocolate Nations reveals the hard economic realities of our favorite sweet. This vivid and gripping exploration of the reasons behind farmer poverty includes the human stories of the producers and traders at the heart of the West African industry. Orla Ryan shows that only a tiny fraction of the cash we pay for a chocolate bar actually makes it back to the farmers, and sheds light on what Fair Trade really means on the ground.

Provocative and eye-opening, Chocolate Nations exposes the true story of how the treat we love makes it on to our supermarket shelves.

About the Author

Orla Ryan works for the Financial Times in London. She lived in Africa for more than four years, first in Uganda, and then in Ghana, where she worked for Reuters.

Table of Contents

Prologue * Chapter 1: Ghana is Cocoa; On the Shoulders of Peasant Farmers; Fight for Independence; A Lifeline Under Revolutionary Rule; No Simple Success Story * Chapter 2 Cocoa Wars; A Missing Man; Miracle State; After Boigny - a Crisis of Identity; Battle for Land; In the Graveyard; Land and Identity * Chapter 3 Child Labour; The Crusading Senator; Industry Cynicism; Defining the Problem; In Search of Riches; School and the Farm; Heart of the Industry * Chapter 4: Follow the Money; The Man who Couldn't Keep a Secret; The New President; An Avenging Journalist; A Reporter in Danger; Abduction; Business as Usual * Chapter 5: From Bean to Bar; Recipe for Success; Millers and Grinders; Pricing the Bar; On the Shelf * Chapter 6: Fairtrade Myths and Reality; More to This than Meets the Eye; A Global Movement; Not the Only Fair Buyer; A Competitive Marketplace; Airbrushing Reality * Chapter 7: Trading Games; Privileged Childhood; Fundamental Rules; A Concentrated Market; Power Games; Battle for Control * Chapter 8: Building a Sustainable Future; Cocoa under Attack; Chocolate Fears; Owning Land and Sharing Cocoa; Need for Science; On the Ground Training; Lure of the City * Epilogue * Notes * Index

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Ryan, Orla
Zed Books
Development - Economic Development
Developing & Emerging Countries
Sociology-Developing Countries
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