Women work at a cashew warehouse in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The nut crisis has been compounded by bumper crops worldwide, and a wide range of idiosyncratic local challenges. Photo: Reuters Women work at a cashew warehouse in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The nut crisis has been compounded by bumper crops worldwide, and a wide range of idiosyncratic local challenges. Photo: Reuters
Women work at a cashew warehouse in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The nut crisis has been compounded by bumper crops worldwide, and a wide range of idiosyncratic local challenges. Photo: Reuters
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Inside Out by David Dodwell

How closing pubs in Europe and grounding airlines started a nut crisis in West Africa

  • From Africa to the US, a global nut crisis is spreading as demand for snacks from bars, airlines, weddings and other social events plummets in the wake of Covid-19
  • Long term, the trend towards healthier diets and rising affluence should ensure demand remains robust

Women work at a cashew warehouse in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The nut crisis has been compounded by bumper crops worldwide, and a wide range of idiosyncratic local challenges. Photo: Reuters Women work at a cashew warehouse in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The nut crisis has been compounded by bumper crops worldwide, and a wide range of idiosyncratic local challenges. Photo: Reuters
Women work at a cashew warehouse in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The nut crisis has been compounded by bumper crops worldwide, and a wide range of idiosyncratic local challenges. Photo: Reuters
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David Dodwell

David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.