Cocoa farmers grow rubber – level 1

17-06-2024 07:00

Ivory Coast grows the most cocoa in the world. But now, farmers prefer growing rubber.

Rubber farming is cheaper and easier. Farmers get money every month from rubber. Cocoa only gives money once or twice a year. In three years, rubber production in Ivory Coast goes from 170,000 tons to 1.5 million tons.

Climate change and high costs make farmers choose rubber. Rubber trees take time to grow. But they need less work. This change is a problem for the cocoa industry. Small farmers grow most of the cocoa. If the cocoa industry does not help farmers, fewer farmers will grow cocoa. It will make chocolate prices go up.

Difficult words: production (making things), climate change (changes in weather and temperature), costs (money which you need to pay to buy or do something).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What factors have led to the shift from cocoa farming to rubber farming in Ivory Coast and how does this impact the cocoa industry?


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