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Chocolate CrisisClimate Change and Other Threats to the Future of Cacao$
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Dale Walters

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781683401674

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683401674.001.0001

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Cacao in a Changing Climate

Cacao in a Changing Climate

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(p.146) 14 Cacao in a Changing Climate
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Chocolate Crisis
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Dale Walters

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683401674.003.0014

Earth’s climate is changing, with consequences for all life on the planet. The changing climate is already affecting some of the world’s cacao-growing regions and projections suggest that cultivating cacao in some parts of West Africa, for example, might become impossible. This chapter examines the causes of climate change, how we know the Earth’s climate is changing, and what can be done to mitigate its effects, including adopting policies to protect against deforestation. The implications for cacao growers are discussed, along with the approaches they might adopt to mitigate the effects of climate change. These approaches include developing new cacao genotypes better adapted to deal with the heat and drought stress associated with a warming climate.

Keywords:   climate change, caco-growing regions, West Africa, deforestation, cacao genotypes

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