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Drought Deals Harsh Blow to Cameroon’s Cocoa Farmers

Konye (Cameroon) – Tanchenow Daniel fears he will lose more than half a tonne of his cocoa yield during the next harvest at the end of this month. He usually harvests no less than 1.5 tonnes of cocoa beans during the mid-crop season, but he says every farmer in the Manyu Division of Cameroon’s South West Region is witnessing a catastrophe this year because of a prolonged dry season.

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EXPO Milan 2015: First Cluster group of Cocoa and Coffee producing countries

The first Cluster group of the coffee  and cocoa producing countries gathered today at the Italian Latin American Institute in Rome, in view of the Expo 2015. The Cluster model participation is one of the most representative aspects of the Universal Expo 2015 that will take place in Milan from 1st May to 31 October 2015.

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Endangered cocoa industry

Aug16

Ivory Coast is the world’s top cocoa growing nation but farmers there will be struggling this season to achieve previous output levels due to heavy rains. Instead of a bumper harvest, the extra moisture has brought diseases and pests and the country’s political situation is only making things worse for the sector that feeds hundreds of thousands of families. Video by: A24media

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Why Ghana gave in to the cocoa baron

Ghana has lifted its ban on a business caught smuggling cocoa out of the country, after lobbying by Britain at the request of the company’s owner. As long as African countries are dependent on aid, they will find it hard to refuse the demands of potential donors, muses Cameron Duodu.

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Trade: Ghanese chocolate gets fairer

In the USA, October isn’t just about pumpkins, halloween and changing leaves. It is also “fair trade month”, 31 days in which promote and celebrate economic and environmental justice and to highlight that trade is often unfair – especially to those producing the raw materials needed for the products we buy in the shops.

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