DRC’s cacao boom leaves a bitter aftertaste for Congo Basin forest

Using data from the Congo Research Group's Kivu Security Tracker, this Mongabay article analyzes the relationship between violence, agriculture, and displacement in the DRC.

"North and South Kivu have a history of cacao and coffee planting, with an estimated 250,000 coffee and 65,000 cacao growers in the two provinces. People from the Nande ethnic group, originally from North Kivu, have settled in neighboring Tshopo and Ituri provinces over several decades. However, in recent years, the ethnic violence has spread to Ituri province as well."

Read the full article at Mongabay here.

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Feb 18, 2022