The African Studies Center shared in its newsletter, field work story from Ghana where is the center of Shea production in the world.
The story is by Alice Kubo is a PhD candidate in the research project Society and Change in Northern Ghana: Dagomba, Gonja, and the Regional Perspective on Ghanaian History.
such research work made me stop a while before buying cosmetics from well-known brands such as the Body Shop or products on shelves of popular shops around the city corners.
I have to ask myself not if the ingredients of lotion or cream or shampoo and proper to my skin but what is the story behind producing this cosmetic? where is it produced and by whom?
I think the manufacture place should refer to the origin country produced the core ingredients or a list of all countries or communities contributed in producing the product.
Here is the link of the article by Alice entitled Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship training in the Ghana Shea Industry.