The Cocoa Complex – University of Copenhagen

The Cocoa Complex

Cocoa beans tend to travel far. Despite the common latin name of Theobroma cacao the people harvesting the seeds of the tree are rarely the same people as the ones later consuming the cocoa in the form of chocolate products. In between, from the tropical origins to the more temperate areas of consumption, a lot of human activity is taking place, each offering shifting viewpoints on the nature, usefulness, and value of the resource at hand.

This subproject aims to investigate the nature of cocoa in Ghana. Through ethnographical research among farmers, traders, exporters, and government representatives, the project's ambition is to explore the ways in which changes appear in people's perceptions of the cocoa beans, their nature, as well as their social and financial values.

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