Researchers have found that in Cote dâ€™Ivoireâ€™s national park protected areas are converted to agriculture, mainly for growing cacao.Â The land conversion leads to a loss in biodiversity of primates. TheÂ articlementions that cacao farming can be done throughÂ shaded agroforestry, a technique that does not remove all the native trees on a farm. It provides better revenues for farmers, preserves habitat for animals, promotes soil and nutrient retention andâ€”best of allâ€”produces better tasting chocolate. â€śCocoa production and biodiversity are not mutually exclusive entities,â€ťÂ the magazine quotes the researchers.
Land clearing for oil palm plantations on Jambi has made life difficult for remote forest dwellers. Photo: Iddy Farmer/CIFOR
(Bioversity International coordinates theÂ Cocoa of Excellence Programme, funded through FTA.)
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