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Cotton is the most widespread profitable non-food crop in the world. Its production provides income for more than 250 million people worldwide and employs almost 7% of all labor in developing countries. Approximately half of all textiles are made of cotton (World Wildlife)
Cotton - Recent market developments and projections for medium-term cotton market. Price, production, consumption and trade developments are discussed as well as the future of the cotton market (OECD: Organisation for Economic Co-ordination and Development).
Ivory Coast is the largest cocoa producer of the world with more than 2 million tons every year. Cocoa represents 40% of the export revenues of the country, which is phenomenal. This dependence can endanger the country if the price of cocoa falls, like in 2021, putting million of farmers in trouble. (From Cluizel). Only five percent of chocolate sold today is certified to be free from forced, child or trafficked labour. Children often harvest cocoa in dangerous conditions. (From World Vision Australia).
Palm oil is found in food, cosmetics and cleaning products, and is mainly grown in Indonesia and Malaysia. Palm oil harvesting commonly uses forced and child labour, and is also environmentally damaging. (From World Vision Australia).
World Wildlife Fund: 8 things to know about palm oil
Includes a section about solutions.