Côte d’Ivoire: Sweet Temptation without a Bitter Taste

Côte d'Ivoire constitutes the largest global cocoa producer, yet half of its smallholders live below subsistence level. GIZ introduces people committed to fair and sustainable cocoa in Côte d'Ivoire and Germany. Until Easter 2022, a new episode of the multimedia story is published every fortnight.

Where the cocoa grows: A new multimedia report takes us to Côte d'Ivoire. © GIZ/Ute Grabowsky 2022

Dorothea Hohengarten

Dorothea Hohengarten reported for World Vision about international cooperation and humanitarian aid in crisis regions. After working for German radio channels SWR, Deutschlandfunk and Deutscher Welle, the audio, TV and online journalist joined GIZ.

‘Ivorians have only started consuming cocoa in the last two years. Cocoa consumption in Côte d’Ivoire is still fairly low considering that the country is the world´s number one producer of cocoa', explains Hervé Dobinou, head of the chocolate factory ChocoPlus, which produces and markets cocoa products locally. His start-up works together with the Green Innovation Centre, which GIZ has set up in Côte d'Ivoire on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

 

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In Côte d'Ivoire, about 7 million people, every third person, works in cocoa farming. Yet half of all smallholders live below subsistence level. © GIZ/Ute Grabowsky 2022

In the multimedia report, GIZ introduces people who are committed to fair and sustainable cocoa in Côte d'Ivoire and Germany. Until Easter a new episode goes online every fortnight on the multimedia story map.

 

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