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Top Cocoa Grower Touts $1.5 Billion Plan to Restore Forests

  • Ivory Coast urges private-sector support for climate plan
  • Desertification, drought have affected 60% of Ivorian land
Forest rangers and technicians prepare land for reforestation in the forest of Tene near Oumé, Ivory Coast.

Forest rangers and technicians prepare land for reforestation in the forest of Tene near Oumé, Ivory Coast.

Photographer: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images

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The world’s top cocoa producer wants the private sector to invest in a $1.5 billion plan to restore degraded forests and increase food production. 

The Abidjan Initiative, a five-year plan, fits into a longer strategy to mitigate the impact of climate change on Ivory Coast’s natural and agricultural resources, according to the government.