A recent BBC News article by Elizabeth Ohene from Ghana on cocoa farmers and the fact that big chocolate companies were insisting the farmers stop using children on their farms is one to ponder on. It is fascinating that people tend to beat around the bush on matter of child labour, why would a child be asked to do jobs meant for adults?
I am not the one to blame big chocolate companies for all that is not right with cocoa harvesting/production practices in Nigeria. Cocoa companies will continue to exploit as long as the host countries show no care for their own citizens. However, if chocolate companies such as Nestle, Hershey’s etc feel bad for the situation of child labour and also the fact that most of the farmers could barely make ends meet despite working all year round on the farm. These companies know too well that handouts of…
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