Paper $14.95 ISBN: 9781780323091 Published April 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781848130043 Published January 2011 For sale in North and South America only

Chocolate Nations

Living and Dying for Cocoa in West Africa

Orla Ryan

Chocolate Nations

Orla Ryan

Distributed for Zed Books

192 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2011  
Paper $14.95 ISBN: 9781780323091 Published April 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781848130043 Published January 2011 For sale in North and South America only
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 favourite 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 Fairtrade 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. 
Contents
Prologue

1. Ghana is Cocoa
On the shoulders of peasant farmers - Fight for independence - A lifeline under revolutionary rule - No simple success story

2. Cocoa Wars
A missing man - Miracle state - After Boigny - a crisis of identity - Battle for land - In the graveyard - Land and identity

3. Child Labour
The crusading Senator - Industry cynicism - Defining the problem - In search of riches - School and the farm - Heart of the industry

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

5. From bean to bar
Recipe for success - Millers and grinders - Pricing the bar - On the shelf

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

7. Trading games
Privileged childhood - Fundamental rules - A concentrated market - Power games - Battle for control

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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