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


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Chocolate is one of the world's most everyday luxuries, the very word conjuring up a hint of the forbidden and a taste of the decadent. Every year, more chocolate is sold in the West even as obesity and health fears grow. Yet the story behind the chocolate bar is rarely one of luxury. The 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, placing the story of these producers in the context of the commodity producers' global battle to make more money from their crops. Mixing economic analysis with the human stories of the African rebels, advertising executives and industry insiders, this book tells the compelling story of how chocolate bars get on supermarket shelves. 

About 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. 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - The Colonial Crop * Chapter 2 - Land Wars * Chapter 3 - Child Labour * Chapter 4 - Smugglers' Paradise * Chapter 5 - Where the West African Bush meets the City of London * Chapter 6 - On the supermarket shelf * Chapter 7 - Fairtrade myths and realities * Chapter 8 - A sustainable future? * Notes * Index

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Ryan, Orla
Zed Books
Regional Studies
Development - Economic Development
Sociology-Developing Countries
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Trade Paperback
African Arguments
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Professional and scholarly
7.75 x 5.00 in

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Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » General
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