Chapter 14. Climate and Cocoa Challenges
Shortly after I visited Ivory Coast’s cocoa landscapes it began to rain again and the drought came to an end. See more in this article from Bloomberg (subscription) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-28/rains-usher-in-relief-for-ivory-coast-cocoa-farms-after-drought-ir6xc22y.
The estimate from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization that food output will by 2050 need to have increased 70 per cent can be found here http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/templates/wsfs/docs/Issues_papers/HLEF2050_Global_Agriculture.pdf.
This 2012 paper by Emmanuel Bekoe and Fredrick Logah presents material on ‘The Impact of Droughts and Climate Change on Electricity Generation in Ghana
Power to the people
An impression as to the effects of drought on power supply in Ghana can be gleaned from this article published by GhanaWeb https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/economy/artikel.php?ID=338757.
More on the food, energy and water nexus as an idea that can shape policy can be found here. http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0543/POST-PN-0543.pdf.
The extent to which rising demand for food energy and water is an issue in the context of climate change and other megatrends can be seen in my 2016 book What’s really happening to our planet? The facts simply explained. Dorling Kindersley, London.
Helping the cocoa communities
More on Mondalez’s Cocoa Life can be found at their website https://www.cocoalife.org/
The role of government
More on Ivory Coast’s REDD plan can be found in this 2017 Climate Policy Initiative paper by Angela Falconer ‘The Landscape of REDD+ Aligned Finance in Côte d’Ivoire’ https://climatepolicyinitiative.org/publication/landscape-redd-aligned-finance-cote-divoire/.