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Life in a Cocoa Farming Village

Life can be hard on a small tropical farm. The village is the center of community life, a place where children and adults learn how to work together, to live peacefully, and to respect the land that supports their families.Farming Village

At certain times of the year, people gather together to celebrate special occasions (including a fruitful cocoa harvest) or just enjoy each other's company. The farmers also meet to discuss farming techniques, cocoa prices and village affairs.

On most days, children from surrounding farms attend a small school in the village where they all sit together in one large classroom. There they learn math, history and even English.

Classroom of students in West Africa

After school, the children spend time with their friends and play games like soccer (which they call football).

Children playing football, or soccer