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Cocoa: Dr. Antwi-Danso upbeat about Ghana-Ivory Coast collaboration


October 20, 2017


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International relations expert, Dr. Vladimir Antwi-Danso, has expressed confidence, the price of cocoa on the international market would see a drastic increase, if both Ghana and Ivory Coast prioritise integration across the cocoa value chain.


During a two-day official state visit by the Ivoirian president, Alassane Ouattara, to Ghana this week, Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo announced that the two countries are working together to address the unfavourable global cocoa pricing regime to reduce the vulnerability of both nations to the volatility of the markets.


Speaking in an interview with TV3, Dr. Antwi-Danso who is the Head of Academic Affairs at the Ghana Armed Forces noted that the cooperation would boost the industrialisation agenda of the Akufo-Addo-led government, by adding value to the commodity.


He praised Alassane Ouattara for the reciprocal visit, saying it is an indication of realignment of the relationship between the two countries, following the ITLOS decision. Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire collectively produced about 60% of the world’s cocoa. Aside the economic gain, the health benefits of cocoa are numerous, including the provision of flavonoids to help the body process nitric oxide, which improves blood flow, helps lower blood pressure and improves overall heart health.


The one student, one chocolate policy initiated by President Akufo-Addo seeks to create avenues to increase local consumption and increase demand for cocoa. This in turn would form the need for farmer productivity to be encouraged through the adoption of hand pollination methods and irrigation processes particularly on large farms.


Senior Public Affairs Director at COCOBOD, Noah Kwasi Amenyah has also expressed the need for fertilizers to be provided at a subsidized rate instead of being given to them for free. This, he said, he would push farmers to approach cocoa farming as a business. Currently 17% of cocoa farms in the country are over aged, while 23% have been affected by swollen shoot virus, resulting in 40% of cocoa farms in the country being unproductive.


Source: 3news.com