People are eating more chocolate than ever before and it could be resulting in a global shortage of chocolate. Mars, Inc. and Switzerland-based Barry Callebaut released data on the matter and it shows that farmers are producing less cocoa than what the world consumes.
In 2013 global consumption of cocoa was 70,000 metric tons more than the amount of cocoa produced. If this trend continues then Mars and Barry Callebaut have warned that by 2020 this discrepancy between cocoa consumption and production could rise to 1 million metric tons, and then double to 2 million metric tons by 2030.
The world’s biggest cocoa supply comes from the Ivory Coast and Ghana, which account for about 70 percent of supply. However, growing conditions in the region’s cocoa farms have been affected by severe drought and a fungal disease called frosty pod. The demand for chocolate is not decreasing, particularly in countries like China, where chocolate consumption is increasing every year.
The increase in demand for chocolate was nearly seven times greater in Asia compared to that of traditional European markets. In addition, the demand for dark chocolate, which has a higher cocoa volume, is gaining ground. Since 2012 the price of cocoa has gone up by 60 percent, forcing chocolate makers to increase the prices of their confectionaries.
The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting, chaired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi late last month, resolved that the party’s next Secretary-General (SG) should be a full-time employee based at Tsholetsa House and not active in politics.
The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.
The Botswana Defence Force (BDF)-Namibians fatal shooting tragedy Inquest has revealed through autopsy report that the BDF carried over 800 bullets for the mission, 32 of which were discharged towards the targets, and 19 of which hit the targets.
This would mean that 13 bullets missed the targets-in what would be a 60 percent precision rate for the BDF operation target shooting. The Autopsy report shows that Martin Nchindo was shot with five (4) bullets, Ernst Nchindo five (5) bullets, Tommy Nchindo five (5) bullets and Sinvula Munyeme five (5) bullets. From the seven (7) BDF soldiers that left the BDF camp in two boats, four (4) fired the shots that killed the Namibians.
The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s decision to apply for the positions of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and their deputies (DSRSG), has left the government confused over whether to lend her support or not, WeekendPost has established.
Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.