Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Chocolate and child labor in West Africa

It's been a while since you've heard from BETUMIblog.  After I returned from Nigeria in August the logic board on my computer died, and I've been dealing with that, along with a backlog of work. . .

Enough excuses. When my husband joined me in Nigeria in August he carried along a chocolate bar to show me another example (this one from Japan) of the fame of Ghana's "black gold."  I kept meaning to write about it, but ended up with the package back in Pennsylvania. . . until last week when I had a chocolate attack. But before eating, I dutifully took a couple of pictures.

Then a few days ago I read something about child trafficking in the cocoa industry in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana.  That made me sad. However, after a quick online search of child labor in Ghana, and the results were not so scary. It seems it's more a question in Ghana of smallholder farms where family members are all involved in production.
I'll be able to enjoy my cocoa more if that's the case.

4 comments:

Davida Ocran Photography said...

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Deme said...

Ha, very interesting how the chocolate is labeled 'Lotte', a Korean/Japanese brand. So these chocolates are manufactured for export, I assume?

iamapreemiemommy said...
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iamapreemiemommy said...

That is actually a Korean company similar to the American version of Sara Lee or Mars brand. The particular chocolate bar has been around since my mom can recall I remember her telling me and is our version of the hersey's bar.

The Korean one is in a red package, but does not have anything about the farmers. You can buy them in Philly as well...

As always I love your blog!