This will make you happy and sad at the same time. Cocoa farmers, some of the most impoverished in the world, and who had grown cocoa for years not knowing what the cocoa beans are used for, get to taste the chocolate for the very first time.
When farmer N’Da Alphonse was offered a piece of chocolate by Selay Marius Kouassi, a reporter for Metropolis, he exclaimed, “Ooh! It’s nice and very sweet! I did not know that cocoa was so yummy. Delicious”. One of his friends after taking a bite asked, “Are you really 100 percent sure that this is made from cocoa beans?”
Many of the farmers in the video have been working with the crop for decades but never had a taste of the finished product.
Chocolate isn’t easy to find in Ivory Coast, and when it is, it’s sold for around $2.70 — a third of what a farmer makes in a day. On average, cocoa farmers earn less than $2 per day. Alphonse is supporting 15 family members on $9.40 a day. Watch the video that exposes the stark disparities of the global food system…
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