El chocolate sube por pudrición de cultivos de cacao infographic
El gráfico muestra el alza de los precios a futuro del cacao.
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Los precios del chocolate se disparan por enfermedad de cultivos de cacao

By Ninian Carter

December 5, 2023 - Cuidado chocoadictos, los precios suben porque los cultivos en África Occidental han sufrido por lluvias devastadoras y una infección fúngica que las acompaña, convirtiendo las vainas de cacao en una pulpa inutilizable.

The cocoa futures price is soaring as crops in West Africa suffer punishing rains (twice the usual level this season) and the black pod disease they bring with them – a fungal infection that turns cocoa pods into black mush.

Rising prices (in late November, cocoa futures surged to levels not seen for 46 years, hitting $4,398 per tonne) are due to extreme rainfall in West Africa, exacerbating the spread of the black pod fungal disease.

Once cocoa tree flowers are infected, the fruit they bear turn black and are unable to be harvested and processed.

It’s a climate crisis playing out across Ivory Coast and Ghana, which account for 57.8% of global production, with consequences for global food inflation and the cost-of-living crisis.

In December, processing plants in San Pedro, Ivory Coast’s main export hub, would normally be running at full capacity to clean and pack cocoa beans ready for shipment.

However, port arrivals in the harvest season that began on October 1 total 479,449 tonnes, compared to an estimated 707,200 tonnes a year ago – a 32% drop.

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PUBLISHED: 05/12/2023; STORY: Graphic News
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