Cocoa Thieves Haunt Malagasy Farmers

Photo by James L. Stanfield

Madagascar, perhaps better known as one of the world’s top producers of vanilla, also grows cocoa beans. For chocolate. High-end chocolate.

And that’s putting unprotected Malagasy farmers at risk. Because as demand for their “dark gold” rises, so do prices. And so does the temptation for armed cocoa bandits to rob unprotected farmers of their valuable crop.

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