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Obafemi Oredein

Obafemi Oredein is based in Lagos, Nigeria, and contributes to IEG Vu, specialising in the West African cocoa sector.
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Increasing added-value cocoa is key to boosting Nigerian market

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.

Nigeria Cocoa

Is Nigeria’s 10-year national cocoa plan now on the back burner?

Almost three years after Nigeria’s cocoa plan was set up, progress is lacking institutional driving force, bringing it almost to a halt.

Cocoa Nigeria

Global Outlook 2019: Cocoa price unease likely to continue

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.

Cocoa Price

São Tomé and Principe: Once the world's leading cocoa producer now in the doldrums

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.

Sao Tome and Principe Cocoa

Sierra Leone: How has its cocoa sector fared post-war?

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.

Cocoa Sierra Leone

Liberian cocoa sector slowly recovering to pre-war levels

Liberia is gradually rebuilding its cocoa sector after years of civil war, though the recovery could take longer than envisaged.

Liberia Cocoa
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