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Bumper crop of cocoa is no sweet deal for African farmers

April 20th, 2017 / MarketPlace, US

Seventy percent of cocoa comes from West Africa, mostly Ivory Coast and Ghana. The supply can swing way up or down depending on political instability and the weather there. “At times coca prices’ annualized volatility can be as much as 20 to 25 percent,” said James Butterfill, head of research …

Cote d’Ivoire: ‘Mercedes’ cocoa helps farmers

June 18th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Ivory Coast is on a drive to improve cocoa quality and yield as small farmers struggle with weather extremes. Abou Ouattara has grown cocoa for the last 17 years, but luckily the 52-year-old does not have a sweet tooth. “I grow cocoa to provide for my family and only eat …

Environmentally friendly practices boost cocoa production in Ghana

January 28th, 2016 / UNDP, US

UNDP, in partnership with the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), and with financial support from Mondelēz International Cocoa Life Programme, introduced farmers to environmentally friendly practices that can also boost cocoa production and rehabilitate degraded cocoa landscapes. Through the three-year project “Environmental Sustainability and Policy for Cocoa Production in Ghana” (ESP), …