Hosted by Anup Zawar, Panchayat is yet *another* show where we discuss World Affairs, TV Shows, Movies, Cricket, History, Relationships, Life and Common Sense? Tune in every Saturday for new episodes! *Disclaimer: Anup Zawar’s qualifications to host a podcast are: living in NYC, owning a huge ass TV, convincing his parents to let him marry a girl out of their caste AND growing a ponytail.
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I am joined by a SANE Trump supporter this week. Armin and I met while I was at Iowa State University and was surprised (like everybody else) when he announced that he was voting for Trump in 2016. So, why does a Muslim Immigrant from Bosnia supports Donald Trump? Tune in to listen to this conversation!
The Cricket fever is on! Nisheet & Chetan join me on this week's episode of Panchayat where we discuss India's demoralizing defeat in the 1st test match of the Border-Gavaskar test series, what to expect out of the remaining 3 test matches, our predictions for the squad, and the result. Tune in to listen to us talk about: reasons behind India's batting debacle, the never-ending search for No.4 batsman in ODIs, Prithvi Shaw's poor form, Kohli's captaincy, Shastri's coaching, the revival of Jadeja, Hardik Pandya's new role as the finisher, chopping and changing of the playing 11, Rahane's chance to prove himself and much more!
Did you know that the chocolate industry is worth $100 billion and more than 60% of the world's cocoa comes from West Africa? The ivory coast alone is responsible for producing 40% of the world's cocoa i.e. 2 million tons a year and it accounts for 15% of the country’s GDP. That would make you believe that the cocoa farmers in West Africa make a lot of money, right? Wrong.
There are 5 million cocoa farmers in West Africa and just 5 major corporations buying the cocoa from these farmers. So, it is not difficult to understand who has the bargaining power.
The price of cocoa per KG for a farmer is set as a percentage of the London market price. In 2018, the price was set at about $1.5 per KG. Each cocoa tree produces about 1 KG of cocoa in a year. So, an average cocoa farmer in Africa makes about $200 a year i.e., less than $1 a day.
This unbalanced wealth distribution between the farmers and big corporations has led to modern-day slavery on the ivory coast. Children are trafficked into the cocoa farms and are made to work as slaves to get more profits and lower the cocoa production cost. About 1.3 Million children work illegally in West Africa. There have been laws made to forbid slavery, but the west African governments do not have the budgets to enforce it.
The farmers just have 1 option to overcome poverty: Grow more cocoa. The farmers grow cocoa in protected national forests where the soil is more fertile to supplement their farm cocoa harvest. But you have to chop down trees to make way for an illegal cocoa farm. And that is what the farmers do. The ivory coast has lost around 85% of its forest cover since 1990.
But one man is trying to change it all. Axel Emmanuel is a chocolatier in Abidjan where he employs local women, purchases cocoa from local farmers, and makes his own chocolate. His story was featured in the Netflix documentary – Rotten this year and I was lucky enough to speak with him and listen to his thoughts. So here is my conversation with Axel, who joined me from Abidjan, the ivory coast in west Africa.
Vaibhavi, Nisheet and Chetan join me on this week's episode of Panchayat and bust a few myths about the United States. Do girls in the US drool over desi guys? Is getting your bachelor's / master's degree enough to make money in the US? Is US a developed country and everybody here is well to do? Is it corruption free, liberal and free minded? Tune in to listen to our thoughts!
Nisheet and Chetan join me on a bonus episode of Panchayat to discuss IPL 2020 so far. This is also a follow up episode to EP:04! We touch base on a range of topics right from CSK's surprising poor season and KXIP's tenacious turnaround. All CSK fans must tune in to this episode and share your grief with me & Chetan. What are your predictions for playoffs and championship this year?
Pallavi and Rutali join me on this week's episode of Panchayat to discuss Women Empowerment at a personal and family level. Why do we add more restrictions to a woman's way of life on top of all the biological "issues" she is already dealing with? When will the stigma around menstrual cycle end? Why don't we teach the teenagers, boys and girls, what a postpartum depression is? How do we end the deeply rooted patriarchal system we live in? Why is Rakshabandhan the most misunderstood Indian festival? Tune in to listen to our thoughts!