Two years after CNN shone a light on the issue of child labour involved in the chocolate industry in “Chocolate’s Child Slaves”, correspondent Richard Quest fronts a new CNN Freedom Project documentary, ‘Cocoa-nomics’, from the cocoa plantations of the Ivory Coast.
It’s a journey that takes him in search of progress in the fight against child labour, which ultimately has its roots embedded in poverty. Following the supply chain from bean to bar, Quest examines 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.
His travels coincide with a country-visit from Nestlé’s Executive Vice President, José Lopez – a key figure within the $110 billion chocolate industry. ‘Cocoa-nomics’ offers viewers an insight into the company’s operations, in the country where it sources its key commodity. This is rare opportunity to witness the complicated dynamic between the world’s biggest food corporation and the thousands of farmers who grow its cocoa.
As the global demand for chocolate rises, so does the threat to the supply of cocoa. It’s a pivotal time in the development of the cocoa economy in West Africa, for the industry, and the next generation of cocoa farmers.
Mike McCarthy, Senior Vice President, Programming at CNN International said: “When the CNN Freedom Project first reported on the dynamics of child labour in Ivory Coast, it was not enough to do a standalone report. By drawing the line from poverty to profit, ‘Cocoa-nomics’ explores how progress has been made in the effort to combat child labour. By following up our original documentary, we continue to evolve The Freedom Project’s core mission from not raising awareness but to driving effective change.”
‘Cocoa-nomics: A CNN Freedom Project Documentary’ first airs Thursday 27 February at 2100 GMT / 2200 CET.
Following the first airing of the documentary, CNN will broadcast a special half-hour panel debate hosted by Richard Quest, on the topic of child labour and the industry’s commitment in fighting against it, at 2130 GMT / 2230 CET.
The panel debate includes the following contributors:
‘Cocoanomics’ can also be seen at the following times:
About The CNN Freedom Project
The CNN Freedom Project produces original reports, articles, and documentaries on human trafficking in all of its forms – from debt bondage in India to sex trafficking rings in Southern California and African slaves in the Sinai desert. In addition, the production team curates digital resources with information on global advocacy groups working against human slavery. Users of www.cnn.com/freedom can find details on how to support or volunteer with anti-slavery organizations, watch CNN Freedom Project videos, and read in-depth articles and behind-the-scenes reporters’ notebook stories from the journalists reporting for CNN Freedom Project investigations. The CNN Freedom Project has generated more than 300 stories of modern-day slavery from across five continents. Lisa Cohen and Leif Coorlim produce for the CNN Freedom Project, which is overseen by CNN International’s senior vice president for programming, Mike McCarthy. Many notable figures in the fight against human trafficking have partnered with the CNN Freedom Project since its launch, including Nick Cannon, Common, Emmanuel Jal, Anil Kapoor, Demi Moore, and Mira Sorvino.
About CNN International
CNN’s portfolio of news and information services is available in five different languages across all major TV, internet and mobile platforms reaching more than 375 million households around the globe. CNN International, awarded “News Channel of the Year” by the Royal Television Society in 2013 and 2014, is the number one international TV news channel according to all major media surveys across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the Asia Pacific region and Latin America. The CNN digital network is consistently one of the top news and current affairs destination on the web. CNN has 44 editorial offices and more than 1,100 affiliates worldwide through CNN Newsource. CNN International is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.
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