The big news of the week out of Ghana is that the president, Nana Akufo-Addo, has stood his ground, stating that the country of Ghana will no longer export its cocoa to Switzerland. Instead, it will implement more avenues for job production in Ghana by way of its own cocoa and chocolate production, which is already on the rise, being that it is the 2nd largest producer of cocoa in the world.
This would, in the long run, bring more independence to the country of Ghana as well as its own economy, instead of having to depend on sales from exports. Ghana will basically become its own producer of chocolate, amongst other items that would have been exported.
Since cocoa has thrust Ghana once again in the spotlight, let’s focus on not only cocoa production but great books, fiction and nonfiction, that are being produced from this country.
Let’s start with a book on cocoa titled Chocolate Nations: Living and Dying for Cocoa in West Africa by Orla Ryan was written in 2012 shows various perspectives on the gathering of cocoa and how the farmers are being undercut and exploited while the world feeds on wonderful chocolate and others get wealthy. Basically, there is no fair trade.
Whatever money paid for the great chocolate bars barely made it back to the laborers and farmers harvesting all the cocoa.