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Zimbabwe crisis taxing neighbors

(April 14th, 2008)

Today, Zimbabawe’s High Court is supposed to rule on election results — from two weeks ago. Meanwhile, as the country’s severe economic crisis worsens, 3 million people have fled to neighboring countries. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Voting with their stomachs

(March 28th, 2008)

Zimbabwe has gone from being a net food exporting country to one with a critical food shortage — all of which will play into Sunday’s presidential election. Marketplace’s Africa correspondent Gretchen Wilson talks with Kai Ryssdal about the nation’s crisis.

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Loads of hope and food for Zimbabwe

(March 27th, 2008)

Overwhelmed by hyperinflation, food is one of the only things with real value in Zimbabwe. Gretchen Wilson reports from a lot in Johannesburg, where passengers are loading a bus to capital city Harare with food.

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Zimbabwe’s new ‘empowerment’ law

(March 11th, 2008)

Listen to this story TEXT OF STORY Scott Jagow: The presidential candidates may find it daunting to come up with an economic plan people will embrace. Imagine if they were running for president in Zimbabwe. Inflation there is more than 100,000 percent. The incumbent, Robert Mugabe, is pushing a campaign theme of “economic empowerment.” He […]

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Cocoa made sweet without child labor

(February 14th, 2008)

West Africa supplies much of the cocoa used by the major chocolate companies, and the region is also known for using child labor. Gretchen Wilson reports measures the U.S. and chocolate industry are taking to free child cocoa workers.

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Cadbury sweetens lives of cocoa farmers

(January 30th, 2008)

Ghana’s cocoa farmers are suffering from a poverty cycle, with the global price of cocoa struggling and production waning. But Cadbury wants to put money towards teaching farmers to yield more crops. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Fighting inflation with mega-currency

(January 17th, 2008)

Because of runaway inflation, it takes thousands of bills to buy even the most basic items in Zimbabwe. The government is now circulating notes up to 10 million. Scott Jagow talks with correspondent Gretchen Wilson.

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The dark side of chocolate

(January 11th, 2008)

Some 200,000 children work in cocoa plantations in the Ivory Coast. Gretchen Wilson reports on a group of U.S. lawmakers visiting that country to find ways to wean the industry off child labor.

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Kenyans seek food, shelter in crisis

(January 7th, 2008)

The violence in Kenya has uprooted a quarter of a million people, and the U.N. is rushing provisions to the country to combat hunger and malaria. Gretchen Wilson reports Kenyans also face an identity crisis.

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Kenya turmoil’s impact felt across region

(January 4th, 2008)

The turmoil in Kenya has subsided but it is still sending economic ripples across East Africa. Correspondent Gretchen Wilson is monitoring the situation. She spoke with host Bob Moon.

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