Mars and Hershey's accused of avoiding fair pay for cocoa farmers

Abidjan (AFP) – Two of the world’s largest cocoa producers have accused Hershey’s and Mars of avoiding paying a bonus that helps boost poor farmers’ incomes, and have cancelled sustainability schemes run by the confectionary giants.West African nations Ghana and Ivory Coast account for two-thirds of global cocoa production, but there have been long-running tensions with US multinationals over pricing.The Coffee Cocoa Council (CCC) and the Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod) on Monday accused Mars and Hershey’s — two of the world’s top chocolate sellers — of not paying the so-called living income dif…

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