800,000 Ivory Coast farmers depend on cocoa cultivation for their livelihoods. But dry conditions have spawned a plague of caterpillars. They've practically destroyed this year's harvest
The British Forestry Commission has warned Londoners of an infestation of caterpillars that produce various toxic effects in humans. The hairy creature is already well established in Germany.
For the consumer it's sweet, for the farmer more bitter – the global price of cocoa fell in the last year and many producers are feeling the strain.
Revolting army soldiers have taken control of several cities, including Ivory Coast's second largest. Protests against the mutiny have been met with violence.
Two years ago, the voracious caterpillar emerged in southern Africa. Since then, it has spread to 38 countries on the continent. The World Food and Agricultural Organization is warning of imminent crop failures.
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