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Labouring for chocolate [Côte d'Ivoire]

Author: Orla Ryan, BBC News, Published on: 27 April 2007

...[M]any children on cocoa farms don't get to school, some exchange their childhood for work, a roof over their head and a meal a day. Others have been sent by their parents into virtual slavery, suffering beatings and abuse... Now chocolate firms are working towards a 2008 deadline to monitor labour conditions in 50% of farms in Ghana, the world's number two producer, and neighbouring Ivory Coast... Campaigners say chocolate firms should pay farmers more so they can hire labourers and send their children to school. Others say the responsibility lies with the Ivorian government to use its revenues from cocoa to provide schools and opportunities for their farmers...

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