Cashew nuts are big business in Ivory Coast, which is now the world's biggest cashew exporter. Cashews are also the source of a lactose-free milk substitute popular in Europe and the US.
The demand for cashew nuts is growing - but African farmers miss out on most of the benefits. That's because most of the value of the nuts comes from processing - and that happens somewhere else.
Revolting army soldiers have taken control of several cities, including Ivory Coast's second largest. Protests against the mutiny have been met with violence.
Major chocolate companies have agreed a statement of "collective intent" to work towards an end to deforestation. The UK's heir to the throne Prince Charles has been actively involved.
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