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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Jul 11 2018

EU urged to draft law on child labor, deforestation in coffee and cocoa

BRUSSELS/LONDON The European Union must set mandatory rules to tackle child labor and deforestation in the cocoa and coffee sectors, after years of voluntary action has failed to spur widespread change, stakeholders and policymakers said on Wednesday.

May 11 2018

Louis Dreyfus loosens grip on robusta coffee stocks ahead of contract change

LONDON Louis Dreyfus Company has offloaded the bulk of its certified robusta coffee stocks ahead of a rule change that will make it more expensive to carry the coffee forward, industry sources told Reuters.

Apr 25 2018

Cocoa industry pledges co-ordinated action on poverty, deforestation

BERLIN Companies and governments have pledged to tackle poverty, deforestation and human rights abuses in the cocoa supply chain, acknowledging that years of scattered sustainability efforts have failed to spur widespread change.

Apr 24 2018

Cargill sees balanced cocoa market, growth in local processing

BERLIN Cargill sees the cocoa market broadly balanced in the current 2017/18 season and is aiming to expand its processing capacity in producer countries, the company's commercial director for cocoa said on Tuesday.

Apr 23 2018

Cocoa sector must push for crop diversity on farms - Barry Callebaut

BERLIN, April 23 The cocoa sector must move away from a "selfish" focus on ensuring supplies and towards promoting crop diversity to make the sector more sustainable, an executive with Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut said on Monday.

Apr 19 2018

Ethical cocoa schemes no panacea for struggling farmers

LONDON Global chocolate makers are buying more cocoa sourced through schemes aimed at stamping out poverty as they rush to make their supply chains more ethical ahead of self-imposed 2020 deadlines.

Mar 18 2018

Is landmark UK law falling short in fight against modern slavery?

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain is uncovering more cases of slavery from the sex trade to car washes but it is not doing enough to jail traffickers, support victims or drive businesses to take action, activists said on the third anniversary of a landmark law.

Mar 08 2018

European spot cocoa premiums widen as buyers scramble for beans

LONDON A scramble for quality cocoa has pushed prices of beans in Europe sharply higher and made the spot London futures contract suddenly more attractive to buyers, traders say.

Mar 02 2018

Spanish women decry macho culture, domestic violence with first national strike

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women in Spain are poised to stage their first nationwide strike on International Women's Day on March 8 as they demand an end to unfair wages, domestic violence and the country's prevailing "macho" culture.

Mar 02 2018

Cape Town slum project could boost land rights for the world's urban poor

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An innovative makeover for shacks in a Cape Town slum could improve access to property rights for the world's poor and allow them to enjoy ownership of the land they live on, the developers behind the project said.

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