Forests falling for cashew monocultures: A ‘repeated mistake’ in Côte d’Ivoire (commentary) (Me: monocultures kill the land and trigger pandemic response via increased bat populations)

  • Savannas and dry forests in vast parts of Côte d’Ivoire are being transformed into orchards of cashew trees, just as large areas of its rainforest have fallen for cocoa.
  • Grown in extensive monocultures, cashew has raised incomes but led to deforestation and incursions into protected forests, as major stakeholders overlook the loss of trees and agro-biodiversity.
  • Pollination and human diets are suffering, too: nature-based approaches like agroforestry are needed to create a diversified landscape that can make cashew sustainable in the long run. 

Source: Forests falling for cashew monocultures: A ‘repeated mistake’ in Côte d’Ivoire (commentary)