Gola National Park in Sierra Leone is an oasis and home to the rare pygmy hippopotamus. Cocoa is now being grown there to stop locals from poaching or looking for diamonds. It gives farmers an income and protects the forest at the same time.
In Sierra Leone, where communities are recovering from years of hard times, chocolate could just be an essential ingredient in the recipe for a sustainable future. And it could even save local wildlife.
When a multi national palm oil company expanded into Sierra Leone, rainforests were leveled and local livelihoods disappeared. Some say that this is the price of development while others want their land back.
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