Ep. 4: Your chocolate is probably African

Although cacao’s birthplace is in South America in Ecuador and Peru, 70 percent of cacao comes from West Africa. We’ll explore the history and politics of chocolate and meet the farmers who make it all happen.

Guests include:
Rick Scobey, executive director of the World Cocoa Foundation, who frames the kinds of cocoa that are grown in West Africa and the CocoaAction initiative.

Sako Warren, global executive director of the World Cocoa Farmers Organization, on the life of a smallholder farmer in Cameroon.

Simran Bindra, director of Tanzanian cocoa supplier Kokoa Kamili, on what happens when a country known for commodity cacao starts to grow more specialized varieties. (Episode image and slideshow images courtesy of Kokoa Kamili.)

Antonie Fountain, managing director of VOICE (Voice of Organisations in Cocoa in Europe) Network, on the challenges for West African farmers who grow the majority of the world’s cacao.

Laurent Pipitone, director of the economics and statistics division at the International Cocoa Organization, on what the cocoa surplus means for cocoa farmers and chocolate consumers.

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