Ebola Virus and Chocolate



Ebola has worried many, including chocolatiers. The Ivory Coast of Africa, Côte D’Ivoire, leads the world in cocoa production. While the Ebola virus has not yet traveled there, the Ivory Coast borders Liberia and Guinea, two countries ravaged by the virus.

Some are worried that chocolate prices will surge up. The World Cocoa Foundation recently solicited donations totaling $600,000 from members to help with the Ebola virus fight and support efforts. 100% of this money will go directly to the cause. Care and prevention is key to first containing, then halting the virus.

From the World Cocoa Foundation:
"The spread of Ebola is a serious concern to WCF and our member companies, given our deep and longstanding support for the well-being of West African cocoa-growing communities. This member-led contribution reflects an ongoing strong commitment by our industry to health and humanitarian relief efforts during international crises," said Bill Guyton, president, World Cocoa Foundation. "We recognize that many rural communities in West Africa, including those where cocoa is grown, need support to find sustainable solutions to economic and social problems that may hinder their ability to tackle threats such as Ebola."

Source:

World Cocoa Foundation. Global Cocoa Sector Joins Fight Against Ebola. World Cocoa Foundation, 15 Oct. 2014. Web. 19 Oct. 2014. Press Release.

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