In this incisive book, Kristy Leissle reveals how cocoa, which brings pleasure and wealth to relatively few, depends upon an extensive global trade system that exploits the labor of five million growers, as well as countless other workers and vulnerable groups. 

As calls for justice in the industry have grown louder, Leissle reveals the possibilities for and constraints upon realizing a truly sustainable and fulfilling livelihood for cocoa growers, and for keeping the world full of chocolate.

As James Field wrote in his review for Geographical, reading Cocoa, “will guarantee you never look at chocolate the same way again.”

Politics & Trade Justice

  • Cocoa, Polity Resources series, 2018
    In Accra, find Cocoa at Vidya Bookstore.
  • Thriving Ecosystems: How the TSIRO Alliance in Madagascar redefines success for specialty cocoa,” Confectionery News, May 12, 2023
  • Reality check: What can we do about cocoa’s price?” op-ed with Brett Beach, ConfectioneryNews, 2022
  • Discover the politics behind the chocolate,” Divine Chocolate blog, 2018
  • Invisible West Africa: The Politics of Single Origin Chocolate,” Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies,  2013 download Invisible West Africa
  • The Chocolate Fix,” Yes! magazine, 2012

"I am a Cocoa Farmer"​

Profiles of African women and men who farm cocoa, ConfectioneryNews.

Cocoa Labor Realities

Cocoa, Chocolate & Gender

Chocolate Artisans

Inside the Industry

A Career in Chocolate