Côte d’Ivoire is subject to deforestation and water pollution from sewage and industrial and agricultural effluents. Yet, among these environmental issues, the country remains the world’s largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans.
Côte d’Ivoire is located in West Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean between Ghana and Liberia. The country’s total land area is 322,463 sq km. In comparison, it is slightly larger than Poland.
The country’s climate is tropical along the coast and semiarid in the far north.
Because Côte d’Ivoire is the world’s largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans and a significant producer and exporter of coffee and palm oil, the economy is highly sensitive to fluctuations in international prices for these products and, to a lesser extent, in climatic conditions. However, the rapid increase in crude oil and gas production is beginning to balance the country’s GDP ratios.
Of the total land area, nine percent is utilized for cultivated crops, while another 13 percent supports permanent crops such as fruit- and nut-bearing trees.