Ivory Coast ups cocoa prices by 21% to boost farmers income

IVORY COAST – Ivory Coast has joined neighbouring Ghana in raising the farmgate price paid to cocoa farmers by more than 21% to 1,000 CFA Francs (US$1.80) per kg for the 2020/2021 season from 825 CFA francs (US$1.47) of the previous season. “We have decided to increase the price from 825 to 1000 CFA francs,” said President Alassane Ouattara at the opening of the National Cocoa and Chocolate Days. According to reports by Africanews, the 2020-21 cocoa harvest is expected to remain at the same high level as last year…

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Ivorian farm input provider Solevo enters into agreement with government to boost rice production

IVORY COAST – The government of Ivory Coast through the Ministry for the Promotion of Rice Growing has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Solevo Cote d’Ivoire, distributor of agricultural chemicals and inputs, to promote rice production in the country. Under the partnership, Solevo will provide rice farmers with the necessary fertilizers, crop protection products and technical support to increase their productivity and revenues. This agreement, is part of the National Rice Development Strategy (SNDR) for the period 2020 – 2030, whose objective is to ensure the country…

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Nestlé partners Ivorian municipality to fight against plastic waste

COTE D’IVOIRE – Nestlé Côte d’Ivoire, a subsidiary of the the Swiss food group Nestlé,  has partnered with the municipality of Cocody, in the greater Abidjan area to launch a plastic waste management project. The project, christened “J’aime Cocody, loin de ma lagune les déchets plastiques” (I love Cocody, far from my lagoon plastic waste);  aims to reduce plastic pollution in the lagoon bays of the Cocody municipality. The Ivorian project is part of the social commitment of the Swiss firm, which uses plastic in abundance to package its products…

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IFC, OCP Africa partner to strengthen rice sectors in Côte d’Ivoire, millet in Senegal

WEST AFRICA – OCP Africa has forged a partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to support the rice and millet sectors in Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal respectively. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to advance food security in the two countries and improve the standard of living of the small-holder farmers As part of this partnership, IFC will provide consulting services to farmers and agricultural groups that are members of OCP Africa’s Agribooster program to reach nearly 12,000 Ivorian and Senegalese farmers by 2022. “We are very pleased…

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Ivory Coast to construct two new cocoa processing factories with US$389m

IVORY COAST – The government of Ivory Coast is seeking to increase the country’s cocoa processing capacity with the construction of two new cocoa processing units in Abidjan and San Pedro with CFA Francs 216 billion (US$389 million) investment. The new units will have an annual processing capacity of 50,000 tons of beans each, adding to the current installed capacity of 710,000 tons per year. “We need more projects like this so that by 2025 we can process 100% of our products locally,” said President of Ivory Coast – Alassane…

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Ivory Coast launches new hydro-agricultural dam to boost water supply for farming

IVORY COAST – The Ivorian government has launched the construction of a dam in the council of Koro in the northwest region of Ivory Coast to boost water supply for agricultural activities in the region. The foundation stone for the dam was laid by the Ivorian Minister of Budget and State Portfolio, Moussa Sanogo, and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani marking the start of construction work on the dam on the Yirima River. According to a report by Afrki21 the water reservoir located on the…

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OCP signs pact with Cote d’Ivoire to make it sustainable in rice production

COTE D’IVOIRE – The government of Cote d’Ivoire has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with OCP Group, to revive rice production in the country. Present at the signing of the agreement was Cote d’Ivoire’s Minister of Rice promotion, Gaoussou Toure, the representative of OCP Africa, Mohamed Benzekri, as well as Morocco’s Ambassador in Abidjan, Abdelmalek Kettani. According to reports by Morocco World, the agreement intends to boost the implementation of the rice strategy in Cote d’Ivoire, aiming for the country to be self-sufficient before 2025 and become one of…

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Ghana, Ivory Coast form joint cocoa body to coordinate sectors initiatives

WEST AFRICA – Ivory Coast and Ghana, the two West African nations who together produce more than 60% of the world’s cocoa, have created a joint body to improve coordination in research, price setting and the fight against child labour. The Ivory Coast-Ghana Cocoa Initiative (ICCIG) will promote their cocoa industries internationally and defend their collective position in the global market. According to reports by Reuters, the two nations have coordinated on some of those issues before, but the new organisation marks a formal step towards closer ties. The organization…

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Nestlé promotes affordable nutrition in Africa with launch of Instant Sour Porridge

IVORY COAST – Nestlé’s Research & Development Center in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in collaboration with cross-functional teams from Southeast African markets have developed and launched Nestlé Cerevita Instant Sour Porridge, an affordable nutritious solution for lower-income consumers. Access to affordable nutrition is challenging for many consumers worldwide. Nestlé is accelerating its efforts to develop more affordable nutritious products for consumers, particularly those in emerging countries. “The current COVID-19 crisis around the world will lead to a further lack of affordable nutritious foods for many vulnerable consumers. “We are increasing our…

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Global food ingredients supplier Tate & Lyle appoints Solevo exclusive distributor for West Africa

WEST AFRICA – Food and beverage ingredients and solution provider, Tate & Lyle PLC, has entered into a distribution partnership with Solevo to expand its market presence in West Africa. SOLEVO is a leading blender, packer and distributor of agricultural and industrial inputs in Africa for over 70 years. In a press-release, Tate & Lyle announced that Solevo has become its exclusive distributor of ingredients in Ivory Coast, Senegal and Cameroon. Dominique Floch, Regional Sales & Technical Director, Turkey, Middle East and Africa, Tate & Lyle, said, “It’s very exciting…

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