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Cocoa beans are running low How does this scarcity affect farmers, companies, and chocolate enthusiasts?

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A dwindling supply of cocoa beans has caused processing plants in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana to nearly shut down These two countries produce 60% of the world’s cocoa, leading to concerns about chocolate prices and farmers’ livelihoods Cocoa researcher Michael Odijie points to environmental, economic, and human factors behind the decline in cocoa production in West Africa.
Environmental factors like El Niño’s impact and diseases like swollen shoot virus have affected cocoa farms, reducing yields Economic cycles in cocoa farming and human challenges such as illegal mining further compound the issue.

West African governments are starting to intervene more actively to support cocoa farmers. Ghana Cocoa Board secured a loan to rehabilitate diseased plantations, and efforts are made to shield farms from illegal activities. In Côte d’Ivoire, more actions are needed to address the cocoa shortage and smuggling issues.

Although rising cocoa prices may seem beneficial, farmers face challenges due to lower output and economic struggles in the region.
Local processing is affected, potentially leading to higher chocolate prices globally.

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Exploring cocoa alternatives is becoming more crucial for sustainability Companies like Planet A Foods are leading the way in developing cocoa-free chocolates using innovative ingredients.
This shift could alleviate environmental and social issues associated with cocoa production.

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