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Cocoa-Nomics: A CNN Freedom Project Documentary airs Thursday 27 February at 9pm WAT


Cocoa-Nomics: A CNN Freedom Project Documentary airs Thursday 27 February at 9pm WAT

Two years ago, CNN Freedom Project documentary ‘Chocolate’s Child Slaves’ exposed the plight of young Africans forced to harvest the beans that make the chocolate we eat around the world. Many of the children made to work in the cocoa plantations in countries like Ivory Coast are forced to work long hours in appalling conditions, most have never even tasted chocolate.


Now CNN host Richard Quest has returned to the plantations, with José Lopez, the Executive Vice President of Nestle, to find out if anything has changed and to see if chocolate producers are willing and able to eradicate slavery from their industry. Quest follows the supply chain, from bean to bar, examining the collective efforts to reform the cocoa industry – the fundamental socio-economic solutions needed to secure a sustainable future for cocoa farming and the chocolate industry.

As the global demand for chocolate rises, so does the threat to the supply of cocoa; this is a pivotal time in the development of the cocoa economy in West Africa – for the industry, the next generation of cocoa farmers and for chocolate lovers.

Thursday 27 February at 2100 GMT / 10pm WAT
Friday 28 February at 0400 GMT / 5am WAT and 1030 GMT /11:30am CET
Saturday 1 March at 1400 GMT / 3pm WAT and 2330 GMT / 12:30am WAT
Sunday 2 March at 1030 GMT / 11:30am WAT and 1930 GMT / 8:30pm WAT
Monday 3 March at 0100 GMT / 2am WAT, 0430 GMT / 5:30am WAT and 0830 GMT / 9:30am WAT
Wednesday 5 March at 1730 GMT / 6:30pm WAT

Asuquo Eton founded, now one of the most visited TV, music, tech and features website, in 2011. He is also a social media analyst, media and entertainment consultant.

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