A new study has predicted gloomy days ahead for cocoa production in Ghana and other cocoa-growing areas in West Africa.
Climate scientists at the Colombia-based International Centre for Tropical Agriculture, CIAT, say expected increasing temperatures would lead to massive declines in cocoa production by 2030.
More than half of the world’s chocolate comes from the cocoa plantations of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, where hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers supply lucrative fair-trade markets in developed countries.
The report anticipates that areas where cocoa can be grown will begin to decline by 2030, as average temperatures increase by one degree Celsius.
It also reveals that an expected annual temperature rise of more than two degrees Celsius by 2050 will leave Ghana and many of West Africa’s cocoa-producing areas too hot for chocolate.
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