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Some Ugandan farmers have hired armed men to protect their cocoa

Global cocoa prices have hit their highest point in more than a decade as dry weather hampers agriculture in Ghana and Ivory Coast, the world’s largest cocoa producers. According to Mutanga Grace, a Ugandan cocoa farmer and CEO of Mkulima Exports Uganda, approximately 30% of the cocoa beans produced in the East African country are stolen. He told BBC Newsday that the country’s farmers are shelling out armed guards and dogs in a bid to protect their cocoa, which is a key ingredient in products such as chocolate, ice cream and cakes. “Cocoa in the country right now is like hot bread, someone takes little but has taken a lot, a lot of money,” he stated.

SOURCE: BBC