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Ivory Coast says presidential candidate Soro plotted a coup

26 Dec 2019

ABIDJAN Guillaume Soro, a former rebel leader in Ivory Coast and a candidate in next year's presidential election, could face life in prison over an alleged coup plot that involved amassing weapons, the country's public prosecutor said on Thursday.

Ivory Coast issues arrest warrant for presidential candidate Soro

24 Dec 2019

ABIDJAN Ivory Coast has issued an arrest warrant for Guillaume Soro, a former rebel leader and candidate in next year's presidential election, the public prosecutor said on Monday, forcing Soro to call off a planned homecoming after months overseas. | Video

West Africa renames CFA franc but keeps it pegged to euro

22 Dec 2019

ABIDJAN West Africa's monetary union has agreed with France to rename its CFA franc the Eco and cut some of the financial links with Paris that have underpinned the region's common currency since its creation soon World War Two. | Video

Chocolate makers hobble Ivory Coast, Ghana cocoa premium with discounts

17 Dec 2019

ABIDJAN/LONDONIvory Coast and Ghana's move to combat farmer poverty with a living income premium for their cocoa sales is being undermined by chocolate makers scaling down purchases and negotiating discounts on other parts of the price, sources said.

Chocolate makers hobble Ivory Coast, Ghana cocoa premium with discounts

17 Dec 2019

ABIDJAN/LONDON, Dec 17Ivory Coast and Ghana's move to combat farmer poverty with a living income premium for their cocoa sales is being undermined by chocolate makers scaling down purchases and negotiating discounts on other parts of the price, sources said.

Ivory Coast farmers push back against cocoa output cap

12 Dec 2019

SAN PEDRO, Ivory Coast Cocoa farmers in Ivory Coast say they plan to ramp up production and establish new plantations, potentially jeopardizing a new policy to cap output and boost prices from next year.

Diseases raise concerns for Ivorian cocoa main crop outlook

05 Dec 2019

DALOA, Ivory Coast Ivorian cocoa farmers have grown more concerned about the 2019/20 main crop as diseases known as black pod and swollen shoot spread in cocoa plantations, farmers and exporters told Reuters on Thursday.

African Development Bank approves record capital boost of 125% to $208 billion

31 Oct 2019

ABIDJAN The African Development Bank's board approved a 125% capital increase to $208 billion on Thursday, the largest in the lender's history, AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina said.

UPDATE 1-Olam buys 100,000 T of 2020/21 cocoa with farming welfare premium - CCC sources

25 Oct 2019

ABIDJAN/LONDON, Oct 25 The Cocoa Coffee Council (CCC) has signed a block deal with food group Olam for the sale of 100,000 tonnes of cocoa export contracts for the 2020/21 season that includes a premium to support farmers, sources at CCC told Reuters on Friday.

Chocolate makers face ethical branding dilemma

15 Oct 2019

ABIDJAN/LONDON Ivory Coast and Ghana's threat to possibly halt the cocoa industry's ethical branding schemes poses a major risk to chocolate makers operating in Western markets where consumer demand for sustainably sourced products is rising.

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