Africa Grows Too Hot to Grow Chocolate

Climate change could destroy West Africa’s cocoa farms, disrupting domestic and international economies, experts say.  By 2060, more than half of the cocoa-producing countries in the region may be too hot to grow the crop, according to a report released by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture. If scientists can’t engineer a drought-resistant cocoa tree, the international market will see a significant increase in prices, and West African nations may experience a spike in poverty, drug trafficking and food riots.  Read more

August 17, 2012

Climate change could destroy West Africa’s cocoa farms, disrupting domestic and international economies, experts say.  By 2060, more than half of the cocoa-producing countries in the region may be too hot to grow the crop, according to a report released by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture. If scientists can’t engineer a drought-resistant cocoa tree, the international market will see a significant increase in prices, and West African nations may experience a spike in poverty, drug trafficking and food riots.  Read more