Illegal cocoa farmers evicted from protected forest in Ivory Coast

In this edition we report on the thousands of people evicted from Ivory Coast’s forest of Mount Peko. Most of them are farmers from Burkina Faso who took advantage of political turmoil to establish illegal cocoa plantations. Their eviction earlier this year was part of the government’s efforts to save rapidly disappearing forests. But the authorities have been criticised for not ensuring nearby villages would have enough shelter and food for the evicted farmers.

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A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett, Laura Burloux and Claire Pryde.
 

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