Ivory Coast

    Cocoa farmers in Ivory Coast, the world’s biggest grower of the chocolate ingredient, may block trade of the beans next week to protest against high export taxes and low prices. Joseph Yao Kouame, head of the National Union of Individual Cocoa Producers and Cooperatives (Sapicoci) said in an interview from the southwestern port of San Pedro the unions will block trade from Dec. 3. Growers have threatened twice since September to stage strikes over a lack of government funding and low prices. The stoppages were called off to allow for negotiations with industry authorities. (Bloomberg)

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