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Port Moresby – World Bank – Friday, 27 September 2013
Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA — In 2006 the cocoa pod borer, a crop disease, decimated the cocoa of thousands of small farmers in Papua New Guinea’s East New Britain province. In total, the pest destroyed more than 80 percent of cocoa production, which took a devastating hit on the local economy.
Florence Mormor’s cocoa blocks were among the first to be infected.
“I had worked so hard to maintain my cocoa. It killed my morale. At that time, it was hard, really hard, to find the will to go on . . . ”
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