A journey into the heart of Ivory Coast reveals its forests are being ripped up to feed the growing global demand for chocolate

  • Chocolate industry drives rain forest disaster in Ivory Coast

Sinewy, silvery trees rise from the green landscape of Marahoué national park, their smooth trunks supporting branches only at the very top. Marahoué is one of eight national parks in Ivory Coast and 20 years ago it was covered by forest and home to chimpanzees and elephant herds.

Now it is more common to see the skeleton of a tree, slowly burnt by fire to get rid of the shadow it casts over cocoa fields, or just a sawn-off stump.

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