Introduction: Cote d'Ivoire: Cocoa and Change (00:44)
An overview of information covered in this section is presented.
Agricultural Wealth (02:40)
The Ivory Coast is the largest cocoa producer in the world. Agricultural wealth is a factor influencing growth and activity of towns. The stabilization fund maintains local price of cocoa and coffee.
Distribution of Wealth (03:11)
Reinvestment of agricultural wealth went to certain segments of the population, but also helped to develop infrastructure. Most wealth was centered in Abidjan. The crisis in 1986 was due to the collapse of world cocoa prices.
Land Scarcity (03:24)
In places like Yamoussoukro jobs became scarce. The fall forced cocoa farmers to reduce their spending. Bassett claims the tropical forest has reached its limits.
Foreigners in the Ivory Coast (02:46)
Various ethnic groups migrated from the poorer northern savannas. Foreigners comprise 40% of the population, ending up in shantytowns.
Introduction: Gabon: Sustainable Resources? (00:51)
An overview of information covered in this second section is presented.
Gabon's Export-Based Economy (02:43)
The main part of Gabon's economy is export of unfinished products. Exploitation of the forest provides 15% of the country's jobs.
Discovery of Oil (03:51)
In 1957, a discovery of oil near Port Gentil concentrated economic activity on the coast. Gabon is the world's 13th largest producer of oil. Libreville, the capital of the country, grew, but a financial crisis left the state heavily indebted.
Development of Agriculture (02:44)
Traditional trade is effected by the economic crisis. Agriculture is a poorly developed sector, because of the weakness of the transportation network. Gabon's government is failing to reduce oil dependency.
Preserving the Forest (03:28)
Gabon seeks efforts to make forestry sustainable, yet they grant new permits to cut the forest at unprecedented rates. Gabon will lose half its forest cover in the next 100 years.
Credits: Developing Countries—The Power of Place: Geography for the 21st Century (00:60)
Credits: Developing Countries—The Power of Place: Geography for the 21st Century
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