More often than not the cocoa beans are grown and harvested by children. The chocolate industry pledged to eradicate child labor already in 2001. What has happened since then?
Cocoa farming was introduced in the Mount Fako region of Cameroon in 1886 by the Germans with the aim of supplying their local factories with raw materials (cocoa beans). They owned and managed vast hectares of cocoa plantations which were worked forcefully by indigenous slaves.