Malaysian cocoa grind disappoints in Q4 2022

A few weeks into the new year, the market is eagerly anticipating Q4 2022 grind results from the major reporting regions. Perhaps serving as a harbinger, the first news on this front came from Malaysia, where total cocoa beans ground during Q54 fell to [...]

Cocoa origins will push to protect LID & historic premiums

A few seasons into the implementation of a Living Income Differential (LID), Ghana and Ivory Coast have seen mixed results for premiums collected on bean sales. Despite some success for the LID in raising farmer income and improving livelihoods, country officials have at times [...]

Diverging cocoa arrival data confuses buyers

Four months into the West African main crop, cumulative tallies from both Ivory Coast and Ghana are telling two very different stories. Cocobod announced this past week that Ghana cocoa arrivals trailed last year by 44 percent, down nearly 300,000 MT year on year. [...]

Outlook for West Africa main crops; farmgate prices announced

Cocoa regulators in both Ghana and Ivory Coast have been warning for months of smaller 2021/22 crops as trees “rest” from bumper crops of the last two seasons—a phenomenon known as tree fatigue. A dry spring and harmattan season most likely pressured pod set [...]

Cocoa prices & politics in Ghana & Ivory Coast

While a sober review of the facts—paramount among these the weakness observed for cocoa futures—would conceivably support Ghana’s move to leave the cocoa farmgate price for the 2018/19 main crop unchanged from last season, grandstanding and political posturing on the decision is currently ubiquitous. [...]

Ghana & Ivory Coast cooperate to fight cocoa disease

In response to the spread of swollen shoot disease (CSSVD), over half a million hectares of trees could be cleared in Ghana; another 100,000 hectares would be cleared in Ivory Coast, at least initially. The African Development bank (AfDB) is reportedly still willing to [...]

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