The weather may not always have been kind to cocoa farmers in West Africa, but until recently it was at least broadly predictable.

The latest victim of climate change could well be something we all take for granted. It is delicious, ubiquitous, and most people cannot think of dessert without it.

Cocoa production will become increasingly difficult in the key growing regions of West Africa by 2030 because of climate change, according to a new study.

Nestle on Wednesday ramped up its distribution of disease-resistant cocoa trees to farmers in Ivory Coast, part of a plan to boost productivity per hectare and improve the notoriously poor quality of the top grower's cocoa beans.

The world's biggest food maker, which has distributed some 140,000 saplings since 2009, said it will hand out 600,000 saplings by the end of the month and a further on

The Commodity Market Review, a biennial publication of the FAO trade and markets division, examines in depth issues relating to agricultural commodity market developments that are deemed by FAO as cur

Here's bad news for Coca-Cola, from Bolivia this time. The soft drink giant may have to drop the word coca from its brands, if Bolivia's coca leaf farmers have their way. The peasants have said that

Ghana is a major producer of cocoa in the world and relies heavily on the crop for foreign exchange revenue. However, production declined since the mid-1960s, reaching its lowest level in 1983. Although production has increased consistently since the mid-1980s, it still is less than the level attained in the mid-1960s. The decline is partly a result of decreasing areas under cultivation. Another problem in cocoa production in Ghana is low yields per ha, which is attributed to the incidence of pests and diseases, a low producer price, and non-adoption of research recommendations.

Chocolate is an easy temptation as well as a universal one. So proves the recent siege on cacao crops in Guatemala. A particular variety of fungus with a weakness for cacao beans (source of

The government has turned to forcible spraying of defoliant chemicals

A quiet revolution is taking place in the cocoa plantations of Nigeria. Cocoa yields had been on the decline over the ages due to ageing and neglect. Now farmers in the cocoa heartland of