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Brian Sikes

DOES CARGILL’S APPOINTMENT OF NEW CEO, BRIAN SIKES, INDICATE A BEEF WITH COCOA

The recent appointment of Brian Sikes as chief executive of Cargills, replacing Dave MacLennan, is notable for several reasons. First, he is only the 10th CEO in the company’s 157-year history, and second, although Sikes spent a short time as COO, he made his name at Cargill running the meat business. As Cargill continues to …

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Precipitation monitoring in the Dja-et-Lobo department in southern Cameroon

The Dja-et-Lobo department, like all southern Cameroon, started 2022 in a worrisome fashion, with precipitations staying below average until mid-May, following the same pattern as for the previous season. Consequently, the trees underwent a stressful period that impinged the past crop. The situation improved in August and, despite remaining below average, the precipitations were enough …

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GUYLIAN TO USE FAIRTRADE MARK COCOA IN US CHOCOLATE PRODUCTS

Premium Belgian chocolate brand Guylian has confirmed it will partner with Fairtrade America, which the company says marks a step towards more ethical trade for the company. The new deal will see the chocolate company use 100% Fairtrade Cocoa in its US confectionery lines, with the new products clearly labelled as Fairtrade to distinguish them. …

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NEW DATA QUANTIFIES COCOA SUPPLY CHAIN TRACEABILITY ISSUES IN WEST AFRICA

Recent data released by Trase, a supply chain mapping solutions provider, concluded that current traceability measures in Cocoa supply chains are not effective in stopping deforestation. The data shows that between 2000 and 2019, Cocoa farming alone consumed 2.4 million ha of forest in Côte d’Ivoire – an area comparable to the size of Rwanda. …

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KÄGI BUILDS SMART FACTORY WITH SUPPORT OF BÜHLER’S TECHNOLOGY

Uzwil (Switzerland), Toggenburg (Switzerland), November 15, 2022 – Swiss technology group Bühler is taking the long-lasting and fruitful relationship with Kägi Söhne AG, the Swiss chocolate wafer producer, to the next level. Bühler is supporting Kägi in building its smart factory. By 2024, Kägi plans to have its entire machine park digitally networked and all …

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WHY IS IT PROBLEMATIC FOR KOA TO PAY COCOA FARMERS THROUGH MOBILE MONEY?

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series KOA’S BUSINESS EXPLOITS IN THE GHANAIAN COCOA SECTOR

Mobile money as a financial system was introduced to support the non-banked population, mostly in rural African agrarian communities, to perform financial transactions efficiently. The basis was that the financial institutions found it costly to set up “retail banking centres” in rural areas. It was also argued that there were high risks associated with the …

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ITF position

After lagging behind its normal position throughout September and the beginning of October, the Intertropical Front (ITF) has accelerated its southwards progression. It is now more southern, getting closer to the cocoa regions, than is usual at this time of the year. Of course, its daytime average position is still well north of the cocoa …

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HOW A WOMAN PUT TOGOLESE CACAO ON THE WORLD MAP

#GIRLPOWER A women-run cacao cooperative in Togo, Kekeli, was founded by Abra Benczedi in 2019. Abra is the driving force behind the incomparable cacao produced here. She is passionate about producing the highest quality cacao and cares about the environment in which it is grown. The cooperative is independent and is made up of smallholders who …

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ABIREM MP URGES FARMERS NOT TO SELL LAND TO ILLEGAL MINERS

During Ghana’s two-day SEND Conference on Living Income and Human Rights in the Ghanaian Cocoa sector, the Member of Parliament for Abirem in the Eastern Region, Hon. John Osei Frimpong, called on Cocoa farmers not to sell their farms to illegal miners. He assured that the government is working to improve the living standards of …

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COCOA ARRIVALS DOWN AT CÔTE D’IVOIRE PORT AS DOCK WORKERS STRIKE CONCLUDES

Dock workers at San Pedro, one of Côte d’Ivoire’s two main ports, had stopped work in an ongoing strike from 31 October to 6 November after dockworkers refused to unload trucks which left exporters unable to transport Cocoa. According to Amidou Sylla, one of the strike leaders, the port workers fully resumed work on Monday. …

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