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Rains Bring Relief for Ivory Coast Cocoa Farms After Drought

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A severe drought in West Africa that wrecked the Ivory Coast cocoa crop is giving way to some rainfall, bringing relief to farmers before the start of the next harvest.

Showers are forecast for some growing regions of the top-producing nation this week and early next week, improving moisture needed for bean growth, according to Speedwell Weather and MDA Weather Services. Weather at this time of year is vital for pod development, especially as Speedwell estimates rains in the past month have been more than 60 percent below normal.