Cocoa Production

An Overview of the critical situation of the World Cocoa production

While the world consumption of cocoa products is increasing, production volumes and quality have been constantly declining over the last decades. The underlying problems are basically; declining soil fertility due to production in monoculture and deforestation, loss of biodiversity, fluctuating weather patterns and lack of management practices. Furthermore, the increasing stress for the cocoa trees is leading to exposure to pests and diseases. Thus every continent is being challenged by increasing specific phytosantarian problems such as Witches’ Broom and Moniliasis in South America, Swollen Shoot in Africa and VSD in Asia. Without urgent action to address these challenges, the cocoa sector faces the risk of collapse.

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