A female adult jaguar sits atop a tree at the Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve in Uarini, Amazonas state, Brazil, June 5, 2017. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
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For years, Valdomiro Facchi has made a living ranching on land carved from the Amazon rainforest.Brazil's cattle ranchers are planting cocoa on their used-up pasture, with financial support from international environmental groups.The young trees will also bring change to global cocoa markets.Brazil's National Association of the Cocoa Processing Industry (AIPC) expects the surge in planting to help double the country's output of the raw material in chocolate by 2028 to 400,000 tons a year. The renewed planting could make Brazil one of the world's top three cocoa growers again after the sector was decimated in the 1990s by a crop fungus called witches' broom.Fifty percent of cocoa production growth will come from the Amazon, said Eduardo Bastos, executive director of the AIPC, calling the cocoa farms there "chocolate forests".Green groups like The Nature Conservancy and the Amazon Fund have helped finance new cocoa plantations. Nearly 1,700 square kilometers of degraded cattle pasture in Brazil has been transformed into cocoa plantations already, according to the AIPC's Bastos.
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