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The small West African twin island state of São Tomé and Principe was once a leading global cocoa producer however 100 years later, it is unlikely to ever compete on an international scale again.
Cocoa was a major export crop for Sierra Leone prior to its civil war of (1991-2002), which saw its export volumes dropped by over 60% by the time the conflict ended.
Liberia is gradually rebuilding its cocoa sector after years of civil war, though the recovery could take longer than envisaged.
One of the key problems facing the cocoa industry in Nigeria is lack of good relationship between the Cocoa Farmers Association of Nigeria (CFAN) and the Cocoa Association of Nigeria (CAN), the umbrella body of the different groups in the country`s cocoa industry.
The Cocoa Farmers Association of Nigeria (CFAN) believes the cultivation of cocoa, the country’s second-largest foreign exchange earner after oil, is not getting the necessary support from the state and federal governments in Nigeria.
With the escalating violence in Cameroon’s key cocoa-producing Western region, any hope of the Central African country increasing its cocoa production to 600,000 tonnes by 2020 has been dashed.