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In Africa’s fields, a plan to pay fair wages for chocolate withers

In Africa’s fields, a plan to pay fair wages for chocolate withers

ANGE ABOA and MAYTAAL ANGEL IVORIAN cocoa bean farmer Edouard Kouame Kouadio expects to die poor, despite rising demand for the raw material that feeds the world's insatiable appetite for chocolate. More chocolate than ever is eaten globally, but a flagship programme launched in 2019 that promised a living wage to growers like Kouadio in top cocoa producers Ivory Coast and Ghana has left many worse off, data and interviews with growers, traders and industry experts show. Kouadio and more than a dozen Ivorian farmers consulted by Reuters said they were paid well below a price set by the government,…
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