Cocoa farmers portraits

by Luca Catalano Gonzaga

Ghana is the second largest producer of cocoa in the world with an estimate of about 1.6 million cocoa farmers. Many farmers struggle for the harvest. They are mostly smallholders with aging plantations that are susceptible to disease, and drought brought on by climate change is making life even more difficult. They can’t afford decent housing, food, education for children, and other basic expenses. Most earn only about 5 dollars a day, and many younger people are leaving their communities in search of prospects elsewhere. (Text by Luca Catalano Gonzaga).