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Photographs by Benjamin Lowy March 1,6: But as of the latest estimate, 2. What will it take to fix the problem? The boy with the machete is watching us.
Suddenly the boy is standing right next to us. He looks curious, but wary too. We scramble out to greet him. In French my translator asks him his name. How old is he? He holds his dusty blade casually against his left hip.
Non it says in big, red letters. Then, again in French: Underneath is another sentence: Is the work he does hard? Ibrahim allows his eyes to follow them. For shocked consumers in the U. The main harvest season for cocoa is from October through December. When the yellow and orange pods are ripe… The multinational chocolate makers are heavily dependent on West Africa.
Yet the global chocolate business would be thrown into chaos without them. Last year, Ivory Coast alone exported nearly 1. And demand for chocolate is going up, as a growing number of consumers in countries like China and India have more disposable income.
Meanwhile the average farmer in each country still lives well below the international poverty line. Workers break them apart… The media coverage of child labor attracted the attention of U.
Tom Harkin, a Democrat of Iowa, and Rep. The deadline for meeting the goals of the Harkin-Engel Protocol was then pushed back tothen —and then it was really extended. Hundreds of thousands of children are used as free labor by their own families and often asked to take on dangerous tasks like harvesting with machetes or hauling pound bags of beans.
For many, school is not an option. Finally, the seeds are placed on drying racks. And through the World Cocoa Foundation, an industry group, 10 of the largest chocolate companies created an ambitious program called CocoaAction in Unfortunately, progress has been slow—and by some measures the problem has actually gotten worse in recent years.
Last July the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University released the findings of a comprehensive survey of child labor in Ivory Coast and Ghana in the —14 growing season. The research was funded by the U.
Department of Labor as part of ongoing follow-through on the Harkin-Engel Protocol and built on a previous survey conducted by Tulane five years earlier.
The conclusions were not what the chocolate industry or the governments of Ivory Coast and Ghana wanted to hear. Tulane found that 2.
There was immediate blowback. A batch of headlines proclaimed that child slavery was on the rise. That cleared the way for the case to continue its slow progress toward a possible trial. Despite the swirl of negative press, the chocolate industry argues that real gains are being made, and that the long lag time in producing results is understandable given the nature of the challenge.
And if the problem is rooted in poverty, then the solution, in a way, is as complex as poverty eradication. On the positive side, he points to a rise in the number of children in both Ivory Coast and Ghana who are attending school.The main problem with writers like Joe (and to be fair, that’s a Tiny group) is that they destroy the dreams of the rest of us, I’ve always been a pretty good writer and at times I think maybe I should start blogging and try to build an audience, but then you read a Posnanski piece like this and you realise, why bother, I’d just be wasting everyone’s time, why pollute the world with my.
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