Ghana’s Cocoa Production Relies On the Environment, Which Needs Better Protection

Cocoa production has been the backbone of Ghana’s economy since the 1870s. It dominates the agricultural sector and contributes about 30% of the country’s export earnings. Cocoa employs about 800,000 farmers directly. It also supports the livelihoods of others in the commerce, service and industrial sectors of the Ghanaian economy. This makes it an important generator of revenue.

Most studies of cocoa production have focused on its economic benefits. Less attention has been paid to its…

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