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.

Posted by Jon on April 19, 2006 at 03:14 PM in Africa, Benin, Burkina Faso , Cape Verde, Cote D'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo | Permalink

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.

Posted by Jon on December 7, 2005 at 05:48 AM in Burkina Faso , Cocoa, Ghana, Ivory Coast | Permalink

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.

Posted by Cynthia on April 9, 2005 at 02:48 PM in Burkina Faso , Cocoa, Cote D'Ivoire, Mali | Permalink