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In cocoa, the farmer is considered guilty until proven innocent. The reality is that the commodity system doesn't allow for farmers to determine their own economic destiny. As this article shares, "what might be the most straightforward means of addressing child labor is scarcely mentioned: paying the farmers more for their cocoa. More money would give farmers enough to pay for their children’s school expenses; alleviating their poverty would make them less desperate." Recently, we decided to partner with an organization in Ghana that is aware of the challenges of child labor in the cocoa supply chain, and is working in the community to eradicate it. Their on-the-ground work, in combination with our higher prices, allows for farmers to have options beyond what the commodity system has handed them.
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