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Ivory Coast Lost 47,000 Hectares of Forest to Cocoa Production in 2020, Environmental Group Says

ABIDJAN – Ivory Coast lost 47,000 hectares (116,000 acres) of forest in its cocoa-growing regions in 2020, an environmental group said on Thursday, despite industry pledges to halt deforestation. The West African country is the world’s top cocoa producer but has lost more than 85% of its forest cover since 1960, mainly due to cocoa farming, according to the government.

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