1st world producer of cocoa beans, 40% of world production
> 2.500.000 ha
Europe, United States mainly
cocoa orchards, in forest areas, small, extensive and family farms
Mainly cultivated in the regions:
from the center-west of the country
Focus on a major cocoa issue in Côte d’Ivoire: the fight against deforestation
Ivory Coast seeks to fight against the destruction of its primary forests, which sometimes leads to cocoa plantations.
IMPACTS AND DAMAGES:
This deforestation leads to a disruption of the tropical ecosystem, accentuates the effect of climate change, delays and reduces the rainy season. It jeopardizes the conditions conducive to cocoa production in the country.
Increase the productivity and profitability of existing plantations to stop the expansion and preserve the still existing forests, via:
- The establishment of agroforestry systems combining forest, cocoa and food crops
- The transition to organic or ecological cropping systems to better enhance production
- The use of organic fertilizers, biostimulants and biocontrol products that aim to increase crop yield, as well as the producer’s margin while preserving the environment and the health of populations