Colombia is the first country in Latin America, and the third country in the world, to pledge to deforestation-free cocoa production. Even more impressive? The country plans to achieve this turnaround in under two years.
Colombia signed a pledge agreement with Cocoa and Forest Initiative. As of now, Colombia joins Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana in the pledge.
Just how big of an issue is deforestation? As it turns out, it's a big one. In 2017, tropical countries lost roughly 39 million acres of trees. For perspective, this is an area roughly the same size as Bangladesh. The level of tree loss rose significantly in Colombia, compared to 2001, when records began. Brazil lost the most tree coverage out of any country.