Wakefield Fair Trade Town Committee © 2010

Crazy for Cocoa

It takes a full annual harvest from one cocoa tree to produce one tin of baking cocoa.

According to UNICEF, there are nearly 300,000 children working on farms and plantations in Côte d’Ivoire alone, lured by human traffickers with false promises of money to send home to their families.

Many are overworked with long hours and strenuous tasks, not fed proper or suffi cient food, exposed to pesticides, beaten and physically abused.

Fair Trade standards prohibit forced or bonded labour as well as child labour under the age of 15.

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