Using Mobile to Help Eradicate Child Labor on Ivorian Cocoa Farms

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West African farmers use child labor to cost-effectively scale production of the cocoa used by chocolate companies to make chocolates. Out of the sights and minds of consumers, this matter is often unable to garner the visibility that it deserves. Some 2.1 million children must come to terms with this dark reality while working on cocoa farms in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Côte d’Ivoire produces 32% of the world’s cocoa, a key ingredient in the chocolate that we eat. Unfortunately, Ivorian farmers are plagued by structural poverty, with the average cocoa farmer household earning only 37% of the living income…...

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Hardik Mittal Hardik Mittal is a business strategist, writer, lobbyist, and global citizen. Through his involvement as a Product Marketer for a Fortune 500 semiconductor firm, Hardik has experience managing a business that stretches across 6 continents and technologies that are applied in a wide variety of industries, including automotive, medical, and consumer electronics. He graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA and credits his technical background for spawning a passion to tackle seemingly unsolvable problems. In the 20+ countries he has traveled to, Hardik has always found himself far removed from the well-trodden path and in search of the realities of life in those countries. By teaching English in Vietnam, lobbying for social causes in California, and writing to address global issues, Hardik has proven that he is driven to make a global impact.