Monday, November 28, 2011

Cocoa farmer remembers the good ol' early 1990s, before it allegedly became "much hotter"; another fondly remembers the mid-1990s, before your iPod charger ruined the evenly-spread rains

Increasingly erratic climate menaces Africa's cocoa | Reuters

"It's much hotter than it used to be, even two decades ago," said 71-year old cocoa planter Souleymane Drabre on his three hectare plantation in Ivory Coast, a country feeding a third of the world market. ...

"There's been too much rain in too short a time. Fifteen-odd years ago, the rains used to be spread evenly across the season. Now it's so sporadic and too heavy when it comes," Lambert Aka, a 45-year-old farmer said.

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