Last Saturday, October 1st, marked the beginning of West Africa’s 2016/17 cocoa season. This is my fourth cocoa season observing from the sidelines, and I believe that it could be the most intriguing one yet.


One of the reasons why agriculture in Africa has been lagging behind the rest of the world is because small-scale farmers are often reluctant to adopt better but unfamiliar practices. How can this cycle be broken? This article looks at two contrasting responses, one in Ghana and one in Benin, to adaptation and the impact they have produced. 




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