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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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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

'I don’t see Nigeria being one of the key producers of cocoa again'

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.

Nigeria Cocoa

“It is almost impossible for Nigeria to produce 500,000 tonnes of cocoa by 2022”

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.

Nigeria Cocoa

Cameroon conflict thwarts cocoa production target

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.

Cameroon Cocoa
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