Photo Credit: Prue Clarke
Elizabeth and Francis Ado on their cocoa farm, drying beans.
Growing Cocoa
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Ghana is one of the world’s largest producers of cocoa beans. Chocolate lovers may be surprised to learn cocoa is grown, not on big plantations, but mostly on small farms, sometimes as a small as an acre. Growing cocoa is more lucrative than growing cassava, but farmers still struggle to make a decent living. That’s because the government of Ghana sets the price on cocoa beans and many farmers rent their land for exorbitant fees from tribal leaders. Prue Clarke takes us to a 23-acre farm where a family of eight struggles to earn a living growing a commodity loved around the world -- chocolate.
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