I was supposed to fly to Costa Rica for a business trip.
When I arrived in the capital, El Paso, I was greeted by an ad that said “Costa Rica is your destination.”
My first thought was that Costa Rica had something wrong with its airport, a sprawling, empty space in the middle of the capital’s bustling downtown.
But when I asked why Costa Rica needed a runway, the answer was obvious: it needed money.
The airport, built in 1958, is now in ruins.
It’s the fourth-longest in the world and has never been able to sustain its current population of about 40,000, due in large part to an air pollution problem.
Costa Rica’s main export is cocoa, but there are also a few hundred other countries with cacao exports.
The United States has about 50,000 cacao farms, but the majority are in the Central American nation of Guatemala.
There are also some 50,600 coca plantations in Costa Rica, which are now considered illegal, a crime punishable by up to a year in prison.
Costa Rican coffee, once a staple of the middle class, is not only scarce, but expensive.
Last year, the government allocated just $25 million for coffee.
“It’s not the most important thing,” said José Angel Crespo, the president of the Costa Rican Coffee Association, which has a branch in Los Angeles.
The country would go bankrupt. “
But if they were to stop all their coca exports, we would have a crisis.
The country would go bankrupt.
It would be a crisis for everyone.”
Costa Rica has become the first country to announce it will phase out all coca production, which was approved in June.
But there are some things the government still needs to address.
For example, its main export of cacao, which is grown in Colombia and Peru, has been decimated by the country’s devastating El Nino weather.
Cocoa production was at its peak in 2015, and this year the country hopes to export only about 100,000 metric tons of it.
To avoid this disaster, the country plans to buy a second crop of cacahoes in 2018 and export about 2 million metric tons a year.
Coca production in Costa Rico will be reduced by nearly 70 percent by 2023.
Meanwhile, the United States will also be losing cacao production as the nation tries to make up for a shortfall in its cocoa imports.
“If we are going to be importing enough cocoa to meet our cocoa demand, we will need to cut back our demand in the future,” said Chris Sacco, the U.S. trade representative for cocoa.
The U.N. estimates that Costa Ricans consume about $5.5 billion in cacao every year.
To make up the difference, Costa Rica is spending a lot of money to improve its infrastructure and the schools and hospitals that supply the country with coffee and cocoa products.
The government has also been trying to convince people that coca is a health-promoting beverage, which it says has health benefits and is an effective way to help people with diabetes, hypertension, obesity and heart disease.
But the government has been losing ground to its rival, Colombia, which currently produces more coca than Costa Rica.
“We are losing cacahos at a rate of about 1,000 a kilogram per year,” said Francisco Dominguez, the chief of the coca research group at the National Institute of Health of Colombia, the national health authority.
“The other side is losing cacachos at about 1 kilogram a year.”
The coca trade is an increasingly lucrative business, with Colombia, Peru and Ecuador all exporting more than a third of the world’s cocoa.
But Costa Rica continues to lag far behind.
Its cacao market is estimated to be worth more than $15 billion a year, but it does not produce as much cacao as neighboring countries.
In recent years, Costa Rican farmers have been increasingly pushing for an increase in their own production, even though the country lacks enough cacao to feed the people.
The new government is looking to make things better.
The National Commission for the Protection of the Economy, which advises Costa Rica on economic policies, released a report in April that suggested an investment program that would allow farmers to produce as many coca trees as they want.
But that would require a large increase in coca quotas, which would also hurt the economy.
The commission also proposed a carbon tax that would apply to all products from coca farming.
Costa Ricas first carbon tax proposal would raise $500 million for the government in 2019.
The next year, it would be $2 billion.
The money would be used to increase coca quota quotas, improve the health and education systems and improve roads.
But in 2019, the commission said, the carbon tax would not be enough.