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Bittersweet chocolate

Suitability change for cocoa in West Africa (Läderach et al. 2013)

Suitability change for cocoa in West Africa (Läderach et al. 2013)

The climate change impacts on cocoa production in Ghana

Climate change will be bittersweet for cocoa in Ghana. It will be less affected than other producer nations, but adaptation will be a tough challenge.

Ghana produces 20% of the world’s cocoa. Cocoa is produced all over the southern region in Ghana whereas in the northern savanna the adverse climate prohibits its production. Cocoa production is an integral part of the rural economy in Ghana. Most directly dependent are the estimated 350,000 farm owners who make 70-100% of their income from this crop. When including share croppers and their dependents the total number of people that depend on cocoa in Ghana rises to 800,000 families.

 

Go to The climate change impacts on cocoa production in Ghana story map

Author: Christian Bunn

 

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