Cocoa Farming and Agriculture

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KOA’S ECONOMIC OPERATING MODEL IN GHANA

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series KOA’S BUSINESS EXPLOITS IN THE GHANAIAN COCOA SECTOR

During my master’s Thesis in 2019, I reflected on almost all the known initiatives the Ghana Government and industry stakeholders announced to have implemented to address the livelihood changes of smallholder farmers. I concluded that: It is not real for smallholder farmers to sustainably gain sufficient income to solve their income-driven challenges if they attempt …

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CÔTE D’IVOIRE AND GHANA EXPECT LOWER YIELDS AS FERTILISER BECOMES UNAFFORDABLE

Cocoa farmers in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire are likely to suffer poor yields as they cannot afford the cost of fertilizer, reports Reuters. The price has doubled and, in some cases, tripled from a year ago, farmers lamented. Nitrogen-based fertilizer such as nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium (NPK) costs between 36,000 and 38,000 CFA francs ($57-$60) for a 50kg …

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BELOW AVERAGE RAINFALL IN CÔTE D’IVOIRE NOT WORRYING FARMERS

Only 11mm of rain fell in Soubre last week; that’s about 60% of the five-year average. Soubre is one of the main growing regions, located toward the west of the country and is where many of the nation’s farmers carve out their living. Yet the level of moisture being measured in the soil is still …

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ASSESSING KOA’S DEFINITION OF SUSTAINABILITY AND THE TREATMENT OF THEIR PARTNER FARMERS

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series KOA’S BUSINESS EXPLOITS IN THE GHANAIAN COCOA SECTOR

Continued from Part One KOA’S Definition of Sustainability One of my most important questions was asking them what KOA’s definition of sustainability meant and how it influenced their business model and relationship with their partner farmers. To KOA, they preferred to replace the word “Sustainability” with “Responsibility”. They believe investing in the humans (The people) …

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GHANA FACING 12-YEAR LOW COCOA CROP DUE TO DROUGHT, ILLEGAL MINING

Ghana may be seeing the lowest Cocoa crop it has produced in 12 years, as its plantations suffered from severe droughts and damage from illegal gold mining. As the world’s second largest producer of Cocoa, this development could affect cocoa prices as reduced supply is likely to put upward pressure on market prices. However, other …

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HOW ECUADOR COCOA FARMERS ARE USING DRONES FOR PEST CONTROL

Ecuador Cocoa farmers have been using drones from technology company XAG to alleviate labour shortages. XAG makes a range of products, from land-based rover robots to airborne drones. With cocoa prices under pressure as a result of the slowdown in the global economy, finding ways to increase efficiency is more important than ever. Drones are …

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EXPOSING COCOBOD’S LACK OF VISION THE WEST’S SUSTAINABILITY HYPOCRISY, OR BOTH?

PART ONE In 2017, a German Investor who initially came to Ghana to explore the viability of a solar business ended up establishing the first cocoa-pulp manufacturing factory in Ghana. They recently also launched their blockchain-based transparency system to demonstrate to their customers how much they pay their partner farmers. While this business venture converts …

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NOTTINGHAM RESEARCH REVEALS ‘SCIENCE BEHIND CHOCOLATE’ AT EXHIBITION

The University of Nottingham showcased their research into the influence of microbes on chocolate flavour at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in London last week. They said it was their hope to show people the science behind chocolate, with researchers stating that the key to discovering new flavours in chocolate lies in properly understanding …

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Cocoa In Cote D'Ivoire

HEAVY RAINS IN CÔTE D’IVOIRE MARK GOOD START FOR COCOA MAIN CROP

According to Reuters, Côte d’Ivoire’s Cocoa-growing regions saw heavy rains last week, which farmers say will encourage the early growth of their main crop from October to March. The global leaders in Cocoa production are currently in their mid-crop season, which runs from April to September. Farmers are reportedly optimistic about a strong finish, expecting …

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FAIRTRADE AND FARMFORCE EXTEND REACH OF ‘FAIRDATA’ SYSTEM IN CÔTE D’IVOIRE

Digital solutions provider Farmforce has partnered with Fairtrade International and Fairtrade Africa to apply their technical solution to the issue of traceability in Ivorian Cocoa farms. It was recently announced that they would be extending their new data management system to over two dozen Cocoa cooperatives across Côte d’Ivoire. Traceability through to the last mile …

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Mondelez And Olam Cocoa Sustainability

THE CONSEQUENCES OF MONDELEZ/OLAM’S PROJECT ON COCOA FARMERS AND THEIR ECONOMIES

Part Two….. A Possible nepotism/corruption? Mondelez is a chocolate manufacturer, whereas Olam is global cocoa sourcing and cocoa processing firm. With Mondelez’s focus on chocolate manufacturing, it will only make sense to purchase their Cocoa beans (for the bean-to-bar chocolate) or their semi-processed cocoa products for chocolate manufacturing, all from Olam. I do not know …

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