Leading producers of Cocoa, Ghana and La Cote d’Ivoire have made a historic concession by announcing a set price for cocoa beans from both nations.
Earlier, this week, cocoa prices went high on the international market as the two countries refused to sell their beans to stakeholders over new fees.
However, the issue was resolved after two days of intense meetings between heads of cocoa organizations in the two countries and representatives of global cocoa and confectionary companies, manufacturers, producers and retailers in the cocoa industry.
Addressing a press conference in Accra, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Cocoa Board, Joseph Boahen Aidoo said ‘[Cote d’Ivoire] and Ghana have suspended the sale of the 2020/2021 crop until further notice for preparation of the implementation of the floor price,’
In what he describes as a “historic” move, Aidoo explained that ’It is the first time when the producers have called consumers and the first time whereby suppliers have called buyers to come and engage on price’
Ghana and Ivory Coast are the producers of 65% of the world’s cocoa. Despite, the important role it plays in the 100 billion dollar industry, they only gain $6bn of overall revenue.
This is largely due to the failure of successive governments in both countries to invest in cocoa production and selling finished products to the chocolate market.
According to a report cited on Bloomberg local farmers made “only about 5.5 per cent of a global supply chain worth more than $100 billion”. This was less than the 15% value-added tax governments in developed nations charged on chocolate products.