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Cocoa

Ivory Coast and Ghana produce 55% of the world’s cocoa

   

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

The DRC is one of the richest mining countries in Africa. Its copper, diamond and cobalt mining industries are potentially the largest on the continent. Congo was the world’s fourth largest producer of diamonds during the 1980’s. Congo is one of the largest exporters of minerals in Africa

   

Africa's resources

Africa possesses 99 percent of the world's chrome resources, 85 percent of its platinum, 70 percent of its tantalite, 68 percent of its cobalt, and 54 percent of its gold.

   

Vernonia

Vernonia is a biologically active compound that may improve the environment in industrial areas and holds promise as a significant new cash crop for African farmers, all of which has researchers worldwide buzzing. Products that can be made from the vernonia plant include epoxies for manufacturing adhesives, varnishes and paints, and industrial coatings. The use of vernonia oil also has environmental benefits, since it could reduce emissions associated with photochemical pollution It is found in Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

   

Copper and Cobalt in Zambia

Copper is one of the major groups of commercial metals. It is used extensively in cables and wires, electrical contacts,car radiators, heat exchangers, home heating systems and in pipes and valves that carry aqueous fluids. Zambia is the 4th largest producer of copper in the world and the 2nd for cobalt which is used to produce alloys used in the manufacture of aircraft engines, magnets, grinding and cutting tools, artificial hip and knee joints. Export of both make up 80% of Zambia's exports earnings

   
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