Child Protection

Children and Cocoa Farming

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The Dark Side of Chocolate

Here in Canada, we are a nation of chocolate lovers. On average, we eat almost 3.9 kg of chocolate per person every year. And every year, we manage to eat more than the last! But there is a dark side to our favourite sweet treat: in cocoa-producing countries around the world, chocolate is forcing children into slavery.

One of the best ways that you can help protect children is through child sponsorship. When you sponsor a child, you're taking action against people who take advantage of vulnerable children, by giving communities and families the resources they need to keep their children safe, educated and healthy.

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Mining                      Sexual Exploitation

As cocoa prices decline on the global market, already-poor farmers are forced to accept whatever price they�re offered by buyers. These low prices make it difficult to cover production costs, including wages, and low wages lead to a child-labour force. Cocoa is grown in various parts of the world, including Asia and South America, but by far the largest producer is West Africa, where two countries � Ghana and C�te d�Ivoire � account for 60 per cent of the world�s cocoa crop. Here, the majority of cocoa is grown on small family farms. It�s estimated that 1.8 million children work on these farms. Many of these kids have to work long hours in extreme heat, carry heavy tools and work with pesticides that are known to cause headaches, nausea, liver and kidney complications and cancer.

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