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Dutch Company Now Offers Slave-Free Chocolate Bars in the US

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Tony’s Chocolonely

I love all kinds of chocolate. I love dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, chocolate with caramel, chocolate with nuts, you make it and I’ll eat it. This company, Tony’s Chocolonely, however, has decided to make the delicious desert the right way. Until yesterday I had no idea there was still slavery in the world, and I definitely didn’t know slaves harvested cocoa beans in Ghana and the Ivory Coast to provide me with the sweet treat that I love so much. And to make it worse the slaves harvesting these cocoa beans are children! Can you believe that? It is 2017 and there are still people in the world who are treated like dirt so we can enjoy a small bar of chocolate that only provides a short period of happiness.

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Six Flavors of Delectable Chocolate

That’s why this new chocolate company I’ve discovered is so important. Teun van de Keuken, a Dutch journalist, discovered that large companies in the chocolate industry were buying cocoa from plantations that had child slavery which is unacceptable! He ate twelve chocolate bars and then decided to turn his back on the tainted sweets and created his own chocolate company to combat the cocoa slave industry. So Tony’s Chocolonely was born.

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Chocolate Made 100% Slave Free

Tony’s Chocolonely has become the largest Dutch chocolate company in less than ten years, showing that you don’t need child slavery to have a profitable company. And let me tell you, the chocolate is delicious.

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When You Open It Up It’s In A Golden Wrapper

First of all the wrapper encasing the sweet treats is golden which is very reminiscent of the golden wrapper in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Secondly, the inside of the paper contains a message explaining the story of the brand and their duty to help children around the world.

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There’s a message inside the wrapper

The inventive uneven squares in each bar show the inequality in the chocolate industry. And last but not least I have tried two of the seven flavors and they are amazing.

The first one I ate was dark chocolate almond sea salt and it was delectable. There were plenty of almonds and the sea salt was a nice surprise that only enhanced the taste of the chocolate bar. The second flavor was dark chocolate coffee crunch and it was incredible! There was literally a crunch of coffee in every semi-sweet bite. This is the perfect bar to eat with coffee. There are four other flavors that I haven’t tried yet but I know they’re all going to be delicious.

Tony’s Chocolonely is not only a fantastic Dutch company but last fall they entered the U.S. via Portland. Now you can obtain the delicious chocolate throughout this wonderful country and I am ecstatic. The sweets are so important to the world and so magnificently tasty that they have definitely found a new customer.

And the extra special thing about Tony’s Chocolonely is their incredibly affordable prices. Their large bars which are six ounces of delicious chocolate are only $4.99 and their small 1.8 ounce bars are $1.99. Yes, the chocolate is very inexpensive. It’s nine days until Mother’s Day and if you would love to give your mother some tasty chocolate get her these amazing chocolate bars in their largest size. She will, first of all, love the taste plus she’ll love the story behind the wonderful brand.

I’m so pleased to discover a new brand that not only is very, very delicious but is also great for the world. If you see this chocolate at a store you have to try it. This delectable sweet will put a smile on your face for two reasons, it’s delicious and it’s good for the world.

Thank you for reading my post and I hope you’ll try this chocolate. It’s truly worth getting. Have a beautiful day!

Visit and buy Tony’s Chocolonely bars at www.tonyschocolonely.com/us

Can Africa Truly Feed Itself and the World?

Can Africa truly feed itself and the world? 

If you ask former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Kofi Annan, the answer is a resounding yes. In fact, during his tenure as the head of the United Nations Annan says in the latest round of FutureFood 2050‘s interviews that he made food security in Africa one of his greatest priorities. “I realized early on that the eradication of hunger is not just an end in itself,” Annan mentioned in his interview. “It is a first step toward sustainable development and progress in general, for a hungry man is not a free man. He cannot focus on anything else but securing his next meal.”

The recently released report, Optimism for African Agriculture and Food Systems, said definitively that Africa can indeed feed itself and can produce enough surplus to feed the world. While that is fantastic news to look forward to by 2050, the year in which there will be an estimated nine billion mouths to feed, there are numerous variables such as the need for better irrigation and seed varieties, more smallholder farmer training and access to capital, increased private investment in agriculture, and acute attention paid to climate change and farming practices that need to be addressed first. Without partnerships and investments Africa will continue to undernourish itself and certainly won’t be able to trade crops to any othe continents.

If it has been said once, it’s been said a thousand times that the women of Africa will feed the continent. In fact, a one percent growth in farm production equates to an 11 percent reduction in poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, according to Jane Karuku, president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Those are powerful statistics. Women grow up to 80 percent of all food in sub-Saharan Africa. It is imperative, then, that women are afforded the same access to loans, irrigation, better seeds, and micro credit in order to produce the optimal amount of food. And sub-Saharan countries need to invest more in the agriculture sector, not on paper, but in reality. Accountability is key here.

Africans are speaking up and expressing that the agriculture techniques that have been successful in the west aren’t necessarily adaptable to Africa. Ruth Oniang’o, the founder of Rural Outreach Africa, for example, believes that creating better food yields in Africa means understanding the African context. Oniang’o also believes that Africans can best teach other Africans about best farming practices and techniques because the farmers know they aren’t going anywhere.

“The farmers know us and they know of us. We make them our friends, and they know we are not going anywhere,” she says. “It’s not just a question of money. It’s working with you to make better use of what you have at the ground level, and just being able to appreciate and maintain dignity.”

Juma Gama, a farmer in northern Tanzania told me last year that, “Many people don’t like to join [farming collectives] because some NGOs came and took their money and went away.” Oniang’o sees the remedy to this problem being largelythrough grassroots efforts to work with smallholder farmers and investment with  Africans. Jane Karuku believes that when agricultural change and leadership come from Africans it’s easier to be adapted across the continent.

Farmer training in Magulilwa village in Iringa District, Tanzania
Farmer training in Magulilwa village in Iringa District, Tanzania.

Africans are also looking at a renewed Green Revolution to harvest more indigenous crops as a way to fight against climate change.

“We are trying to make sure that the diversity of these crops withstands the challenges we are seeing with weather or climate change, and also from a value system where people have always eaten them because of their nutrition,” said Karuku. “So we work on a whole range of crops.”

Some African agriculture leaders believe food science and technology are the key to unlocking malnutrition on the continent and increasing food yields. Harvard international development professor Calestous Juma believes in educating African leaders and countries about genetically modified crops, which Africans incidentally have yet to take to or accept. “It is no longer possible to rely on folk knowledge as the key guide for farming,” Juma said in his FutureFood 2050 interview.

You can read all of Future Food 2050’s interviews with leaders across the globe who are working to better feed the planet by 2050 at www.futurefood2050.com.

10 Fair Trade Scarves for the Winter Season

10 Fair Trade Scarves for the Winter Season

Striped scarve
ravenandlily.com

Striped scarve
ravenandlily.com

Scarve
tenthousandvillages.com

Alpaca shawl
globalgoodspartners.org

Celestial Shawl
serrv.org

8 Beautiful Fair Trade Necklaces for Fall

8 Beautiful Fair Trade Necklaces for Fall
As much as summer was a stellar season, fall is right around the corner. That means new looks for fall and a final culmination of the holiday season. We decided to highlight more products with a purpose that will help women artisans around the globe from Kenya to Nepal. We researched and found these beautiful eight fair trade necklaces. You can also find more at Global Girlfriend, NOVICASERVV, and Fair Trade Designs. Top necklace is the Namusoke necklace from our partner Shanti Uganda.