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Response to Second Annual Report on Public and Private Initiatives to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labor in the Cocoa Sector in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana

October 16, 2008

On October 7th, the Payson Center at Tulane University released its "Second Annual Report" on "Public and Private Initiatives to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labor in the Cocoa Sector in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana."

The report offers a substantive, balanced review of efforts to ensure that cocoa is grown without the worst forms of child labor.   It recognizes the significant progress that has taken place in a number of areas since the publication of their first report (in October of 2007).

The report also identifies the challenges that lie ahead.

The National Confectioners Association - along with the chocolate and cocoa industry - looks forward to working with other stakeholders to address the issues raised in the report, as part of our ongoing effort to improve the well-being of children and adults in cocoa farming communities worldwide.