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Despite efforts to grind a substantial portion of its cocoa over a century after its first shipment of beans, Nigeria still exports a large percentage of its product in the same raw form.
Almost three years after Nigeria’s cocoa plan was set up, progress is lacking institutional driving force, bringing it almost to a halt.
2018 has been a mixed year for the global cocoa industry, with varying policies impacting the African sector and anxiety over fluctuating prices persisting going into 2019.
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.