Cocoa Farming and Agriculture

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HOW CAN WE GIVE FARMERS THE POWER TO FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS?

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series ARE COCOBOD CHEATING FARMERS?

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GHANAIAN COMPANY MAKING ‘SWEET WINE’ FROM COCOA PULP

Alternative Uses for Cocoa by  Ghanaian Company Volta Winery Ghana is well known for its contribution to the global Cocoa supply, being the second-largest producer of Cocoa worldwide. The country exports over 800,000 tonnes of Cocoa per year on average, making it Ghana’s primary commercial crop and a huge contributor to their economy. The value …

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UPCYLING COCOA COMPANY, KOA GETS NEW FUNDING

Cocoa remains one of Ghana’s most important commodities, with the West African country ranking the second largest global Cocoa producer after neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire. The country’s Cocoa economy focuses on the export of Cocoa beans for global use in chocolate products. Koa, a Swiss-Ghanaian food upcycling start-up, has just received approximately US$10 million in funding …

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CURIOSITY AND CUSTOMISED PROTOCOLS MAKE THE BEST CHOCOLATE

Good chocolate starts with a good genetic variety of cacao beans. But the post-harvest process is where producers can get the best out of their beans and have the most influence on their final product. As part of the Connecting Central America project, which is primarily financed by the European Union (EU) and coordinated by …

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CÔTE D’IVOIRE SAYS IT WANTS $1.5BN TO RESTORE FORESTS. DO WE TRUST THEM?

The government of Côte d’Ivoire is asking the private sector to invest in a $1.5 billion plan to restore degraded forests and increase food production.  Despite a commitment to fight deforestation and a commitment to increase forest cover to make up 20% of Ivorian territory by 2030, data shows that the West African country continues …

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COCOBOD REVIVES FARMS WITH 140 MILLION SEEDLINGS

One hundred forty million hybrid cocoa seedlings have reportedly been raised as part of a COCOBOD initiative to revive dying farms infected with Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus Disease (CSSVD). At BarTalks, we recently wrote about the progress that Ghana’s Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has made with their National Cocoa Rehabilitation Programme (NCRP). Farms that were once …

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HOW FARMERS LOSE FROM COCOBOD’S CURRENCY MANAGEMENT

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series ARE COCOBOD CHEATING FARMERS?

Copyright Note: The content of this publication should not be republished in any shape or form without official consent from the author. You can reach out to the author for publication discussions via Kwame.a.kwarteng@gmail.com. If you want the complete 5000 worded report sent to you in PDF, kindly reach out to the author for a …

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A SWEETER ALTERNATIVE TO FERMENTING COCOA?

Chocolate has been around for millennia in various forms, and people have experimented with different methods of processing it for nearly as long. Even today, researchers at the American Chemical Society have discovered a new Cocoa post-harvest treatment that could serve as an alternative to traditional fermentation. The new method, called ‘moist incubation’, reportedly produces …

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A CONTINENT OF FLAVOURS: DISCOVER CENTRAL AMERICA’S CACAO BEANS

Central America offers a great genetic variety of cacao beans. However, many growers lack the knowledge to take advantage of the opportunities this offers. As part of CBI’s Connecting Central America project, we help cacao growers identify the genetic groups they cultivate. We coach them on how to take better care of their crops and …

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HEAVY RAIN BRINGS HOPE FOR MID-CROP IN CÔTE D’IVOIRE

Cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire have faced several challenges recently, including ‘catastrophic’ growing conditions that are predicted to significantly reduce the amount of cocoa the country can produce this season.  April marks the start of the cocoa mid-crop, where conditions are wet, and rainfall is expected in abundance. This year, however, the West African cocoa …

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COCOBOD TO RETURN REHABILITATED FARMERS TO BENEFICIARIES

According to the Ghana Cocoa Board’s (COCOBOD) Chief Executive, Hon Joseph Boahen Aidoo, COCOBOD will soon start returning newly rehabilitated cocoa farms to their owners. This news follows the claimed success of The National Cocoa Rehabilitation Programme (NCRP), which aimed to cure cocoa farms of Cocoa Swollen Shoot Viral Disease (CSSVD) and introduce several measures …

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GHANA COCOA BOARD ALLEGEDLY LIED ABOUT GHANAIAN COCOA FARMERS’ INCOME?

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series ARE COCOBOD CHEATING FARMERS?

Is it time for Farmers to get paid in US Dollars? Copyright Note:The content of this publication should not be republished in any shape or form without official consent from the author. You can reach out to the author for publication discussions via Kwame.a.kwarteng@gmail.com. If you want the complete 5000 worded report sent to you …

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