Shortage

When consumers want more of a good or service than producers are willing to offer at a particular price

A recent chocolate shortage has seen cocoa farmers unable to keep up with the public’s insatiable appetite for the treat–and the world’s largest chocolate producers, drought, Ebola and a fungal disease may all be to blame.

Ebola threatens to take bite out of world’s chocolate supply

Ebola may now be threatening a good portion of the world’s chocolate supply, thanks to the Ivory Coast’s decision to shut its borders with Liberia and Guinea.Ivory Coast produces about 33 percent of the world’s total of cacao beans each year. In August, it shut down borders with Guinea and Liberia, where more than 8,000 have been diagnosed with Ebola.

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