Top US chocolate companies have pledged to support West African governments in their bid to tackle alleged abusive labour practices in cocoa production. Last year government officials in Ghana and the Ivory Coast promised to study working conditions on cocoa farms after a C4 documentary alleged labourers in the Ivory Coast were working in conditions tantamount to slavery. Manufacturers including Nestlé USA, Mars and Hershey have now pledged to "significantly fund" an action plan in the two countries to gain a comprehensive picture of working conditions in the industry. A Foreign Office spokesman said new Africa minister Baroness Amos was keen to continue plans set in motion by former foreign and commonwealth minister Brian Wilson in May to establish a taskforce to get to the roots of the problem. Amos is hoping to schedule a meeting of the task force, which comprises West African government officials, chocolate industry representatives and aid organisations, before the summer recess. {{NEWS }}