Cameroon, Nigeria request to join Ivory-Ghana cocoa initiative
The initiative was set up after a 2018 declaration by Ivory Coast and Ghana, the world’s two largest cocoa producers, to define a common sustainable cocoa strategy that would raise prices paid to farmers.
It aimed to include other African countries.
Representatives from Nigeria and Cameroon, the world’s fourth- and fifth-largest cocoa producers, were invited to a CIGCI meeting in Abidjan to begin the process of joining the initiative, its Executive Secretary Alex Assanvo said.
“It is also the start of the accession process that will eventually allow their integration into our initiative,” he told reporters after the meeting.
A special assistant to Nigeria’s ministry of agriculture, Akeju Olagbaju, said the country was ready to join the initiative to improve farmers’ revenues and create a “single voice to face the cocoa industry”.
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