Cocoa by Dr. Kristy Leissle


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An important book for anyone who is interested in issues of trade equity.

Dr. Kristy Leissle provides an unvarnished look into the world of cacao in her new book, "Cocoa". She illustrates the complexity of the issues related to cocoa farming and production that certifications aim to over simplify. Her book has eight chapters that include topics such as, "Power in the Market", "Economics on the Ground" and "Trade Justice", to name three politically-charged subjects that often receive glossary coverage. Here you get an in-depth evaluation of the good, the bad and the trade-offs of well-meant strategies that may not work as expected.
Having lived in Ghana during her doctoral dissertation (and now), Dr. Leissle has credibility from her first-hand knowledge and experience that others don’t.

About Dr. Kristy Leissle
Dr. Kristy Leissle is a scholar of cocoa and chocolate. Since 2004, her work has investigated the politics, economics, and cultures of these industries, focusing on West African political economy and trade, the US craft market, and the complex meanings produced and consumed through chocolate marketing and advertising. Her recent book, Cocoa (Cambridge: Polity, 2018) explores cocoa geopolitics and personal politics.

Dr. Leissle is Affiliate Faculty in African Studies at the University of Washington; Research Associate for the development through trade organization Twin & Twin Trading; and Cultural Specialist for National Geographic-Lindblad Expeditions. She lives in Accra.

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