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Chocolate Country

Cacao farmers in the Dominican Republic have been fighting a losing battle with the global economy for a long time. But now, as part of the Loma Guaconejo cooperative, they've found a way to turn the system in their favor.

One of my favorite parts of this story is the frank and funny comments from Ludovina Silverio Santos, a member of the cooperative. It's Santos' delivery of her "lines" that really makes this story for me. She reminds me of another frank and funny cacao (also known as cocoa) farmer, David Kpan of Liberia. I had the pleasure of meeting him last year while working on Bread's 2011 Offering of Letters video, which is about reforming foreign assistance. Fast forward to 4:09 for what I consider to be David's best "line".

This story is part of our Wednesday ViewChange video series.

 

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Hello,

It's so interesting that the woman said without quality they cannot survive. They make quality cocoa and they profit from it! Considering the great decline in quality of food in America (all corn-based) in order to drive down prices, it's refreshing to see farmers in other parts of the world profiting from quality.

Hi Karen,

I'm glad you found the video interesting. Thanks for commenting!

Laura

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