Chocolate gold: Ivory Coast and Ghana set a fixed price for cocoa

2019-08-07 11:14

The Ivory Coast and Ghana will not sell cocoa from the 2020-2021 crop for less than $2 600 per ton, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara said on Tuesday, affirming his country's resolve to stick to a deal with Ghana to coordinate prices.

The two West African neighbours joined forces in June to impose a floor price for cocoa of $2 600 per ton and a live income differential of $400 per ton.

"We will not sell the 2020-21 crop for below $2 600 per ton," Ouattara said in a televised address.

He also said he wanted the guaranteed price for farmers to return to 2015 levels of 1 000 CFA francs ($1.71)/kg from the current level of 750 CFA francs ($1.28)/kg.

"We will raise the cocoa price on October 1," he said, in reference to this farm-gate price.

Changing course

The move is a dramatic change of course from only a few weeks ago. On July 16, Ghana and the Ivory Coast had given in to pressure from the global chocolate industry and lifted a month-long ban on cocoa sales that was meant to push international buyers to accept a  $2 600-a-ton minimum agreement.

At the time, the two countries settled for a fixed premium price under which farmers in Ghana and the Ivory Coast would get $400 premium per every ton of cocoa beans they sell during the 2020-2021 harvest season.

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