What’s Next for Indonesia’s Cocoa Industry?

Across the tropics, cocoa farming has historically followed a “boom and bust” cycle. Production peaks in each country for a few decades before farms become susceptible to cocoa tree diseases and soil exhaustion.

In Indonesia, cocoa is now booming: production is rising and the world’s largest traders and processors are expanding their operations. But can Indonesia’s farmers ride this wave sustainably and avoid a bust that may threaten their livelihoods? Can the cocoa industry keep growing without degrading land and depleting biodiversity?

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