As part of the African Green Growth report, AfricaLive talks with Dr Bridget Ssamula, CEO of the Engineering Council of South Africa on the role of engineering sector leaders to shape Africa's green economy and engineering as a vehicle of solving tomorrow’s problems today.
The Real Cost of Your Chocolate Habit: New Research Reveals the Bittersweet Truth of Cocoa Farming in Africa’s Forests
Chocolate sales have boomed in recent months. As the cost-of-living crisis bites, consumers are increasingly reaching for chocolate as a simple and affordable pleasure.
The most important ingredient in chocolate is cocoa beans, which come from plants grown in the tropics. About 70% of the world’s cocoa comes from West Africa. The countries of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and Ghana are two of the biggest producers.
Farmers in eastern Tanzania are regrowing rainforest trees on part of their land. The farmers receive payments from the sale of carbon credits to supplement their incomes and to compensate them for loss of land and cash crops. So far, close to 270,000 trees have been planted on 200 hectares (494 acres) of farms located on the flanks of the Nguru Mountains.