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60% of world cocoa production comes from Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. It represents nearly 15% of GDP in Côte d’Ivoire. However, according to various studies, its producers live badly. This Friday, September 30, on the occasion of the opening of the 2022-2023 campaign, the authorities announced a 10% increase in the purchase price to producers.
900 CFA francs per kilo of cocoa beans: this is the purchase price announced by the authorities for this 2022-2023 campaign.
#Café – #Cacao: the farm gate prices of the KG for the 2022-2023 campaign fixed respectively at 750 and 900 FCFA. These prices are up compared to the previous campaign during which the price of the KG of Cocoa was 825 FCFA and that of Coffee 700 FCFA. #PrimatureCI pic.twitter.com/ej1wvICpkB
— Prime Minister Ivory Coast (@primatureci) September 30, 2022
A welcome increase in the purchase price in a context marked by the increase in the price of inputs and generalized inflation. A context “ worrying “, underlined the Ivorian Minister of Agriculture.
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This price per kilo is one of the components of the price of cocoa, to which is added in theory a premium of 400 dollars per ton, set up in 2019, paid by the industrialists, but whose effects have been little felt. According to experts in the sector, these manufacturers have played on another lever, by reducing what is called the “country bonus”. Thus, they concretely limited their real commitment on the purchase price of Ivorian cocoa.
Despite the initiatives of recent years, cocoa prices have collapsed. Planters are the most affected: according to a World Bank studyhalf of them live below the poverty line in Côte d’Ivoire.
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