29 Sep '11, 1am

“Save the Earth – it’s the only planet with chocolate”. That old fridge magnet cliché makes an important point!

“Save the Earth – it’s the only planet with chocolate”. That old fridge magnet cliché makes an important point!

Cocoa production will become increasingly difficult in the key-growing regions of West Africa by 2030 because of climate change, according to a new study. More than half the world's chocolate is made from cocoa grown by farmers in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire. But with average temperatures predicted to increase in the region by more than 1C by 2030 and 2C by 2050, many of the existing cocoa-growing areas will become significantly less suitable. In both countries cocoa makes up a significant part of the economy - 7.5 per cent of GDP in Cote d'Ivoire and 3.4 per cent of GDP in Ghana. For the cocoa farmers themselves the changes are even more perilous, as cocoa is likely to be their only source of income. 'Many of these farmers use their cocoa trees like ATM machines,' says report author Dr Peter Laderach, from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) . 'They pick ...

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