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Cameroon, Nigeria Request to Join Ivory-Ghana Cocoa Initiative

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Cameroon and Nigeria have applied to participate in the Cocoa Initiative of Côte d’Ivoire-Ghana (CIGCI), a joint body that leads the two countries’ interests in the cocoa trade, initiative head Alex Assanvo said on Wednesday.

The initiative was launched after a 2018 declaration by Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, the world’s first and second largest cocoa producers, in which they agreed to define a joint sustainable cocoa strategy that would increase prices paid to farmers.

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It was created with the aim of involving other African countries.

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Representatives from Cameroon and Nigeria were invited to a CIGCI meeting in Abidjan to begin the process of joining the initiative, Asanvo told reporters after the meeting.

“With Cameroon and Nigeria, we will represent about two-thirds of the world’s cocoa production,” Yves Brahima Kone, executive director of the Cocoa and Coffee Council of Côte d’Ivoire, said at the meeting.

Cameroon, Nigeria Request to Join Ivory-Ghana Cocoa Initiative

“This gives us more leeway in discussions with the industry to impose a reasonable price on our cocoa farmers.”

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