Alcohol and the Slave Trade in West Africa, 1400-1850
Charles Ambler, “Alcohol and the Slave Trade in West Africa, 1400-1850.” Drugs, labor, and colonial expansion. Ed. William Jankowiak and Daniel Bradburd. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2003, pp. 73 - 88.
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Cocoa in Ivory Coast
For the AP, Todd Pitman reports on the massive cocoa sales which finance most everything--including both sides of Ivory Coast's civil war.
On the streets of this skyscraper-lined West African metropolis, tension and rumors of an imminent return to war are always thick in the air — and so too, is the sweet smell of chocolate. Despite more than half a decade of coups, fighting and failed peace deals, a $2 billion a year cocoa industry is a booming in Ivory Coast, producing more of the raw material for chocolate than any other country on the planet.
Harvesting, Marketing Starts for Cocoa Crop
Forbes reports (8 April 2005) that the harvesting and marketing of Ivory Coast's cocoa crop has started, with an above-average take expected despite the conflict that keeps the world's largest cocoa producer divided between a rebel-held north and loyalist south. Find the full story here.