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Hazel Lindsey, a presenter from England, travels from the UK to Ghana in West Africa to investigate the child labourers at the bottom of the supply chain for the world’s favourite treat - chocolate. She travels to the village of Akyem Ofoase, about five hours from the capital Accra, to meet young cocoa pickers and find out what their life is like. Here she meets 11-year-old Patrick, who shows her round the small house he lives in with another nine family members, then he and Hazel collect water from the village borehole. Hazel helps prepare the family dinner. Hazel is shown how cocoa beans are dried once they have been harvested and how there are no machines in the village to deal with this process.
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First broadcast:
29 March 2012

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used to create a poster campaign raising awareness of the exploitation of young children in cocoa plantations. Can the students name groceries and other household items that can be produced through the means of Fairtrade?