Swollen shoot cutting short cocoa trees and livelihoods in Ghana
Ghana has cut its crop forecast by 11% this season because of the disease, and about 16% of the country’s cocoa crops are infected
London — It is a nightmare scenario for a cocoa farmer: walking through your plantation you spot some red-veined leaves. Maybe it is a big lump on one of the branches.
You know immediately the tree is doomed, infected by the deadly swollen-shoot disease. Even worse, the plants around it are probably contaminated too, but you cannot be sure because the symptoms can take years to appear...