Cocoa War

Photographer© Giulio Di Sturco
PrizePress / Feature Story
Entry Description

Radison Bienvenue, chief of security of the CINA cocoa plantation, was Murder the 12th of March 2013, the whole village tight around his wife at his funeral. Madagascar is home to some of the world's finest rich orange and red pods of cocoa, increasingly used today by Europe and America's finest chocolatiers.Raw cocoa beans, used to make premium chocolate, have never been in higher demand. A surge in appetite for high-end chocolate sourced from single-origin growers has created a frenzied rush for the "dark gold". For the island's cocoa farmers, the surging demand for chocolate should be transformative, especially after years of poverty, but their newfound livelihoods are under threat from armed bandits running rampant in remote areas, hijacking stores and road shipments of the precious beans that make chocolate.

About Photographer

Giulio di Sturco is an Italian photographer, born in 1979, currently based in Bangkok, Thailand. He studied photography at the European Institute of Design and Visual Arts in Rome, and has covered North-American and the South-East Asia issues for many magazines such as L'espresso magazine, Vanity fair, Io Donna, The Daily Telegraph magazine, Time magazine, MarieClaire, geo magazine,The Sunday Times Magazine, Neewsweek Since 2008 he start a closer collaboration with some of the most important international organization such as Greenpeace, MSF, Unitaid, United Nations, WHO and Action Aid.