Mali and Canada signed an agreement for the West African country to receive 36 billion CFA Francs ($75 million) for irrigation projects, the state-owned l’Essor newspaper reported, without saying where it got the information.
Cocoa farmers in Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer of the beans, will harvest the biggest crop in three years this season partly due to “good” rains during the dry period, according to Ecobank Transnational Inc.
Ivory Coast’s press council suspended the head of the journalists’ union and another senior reporter for six months for allegedly trying to pay a newspaper to stop writing stories critical of a government minister.
The cocoa crop in Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer, will rise 5.4 percent this season, with bean deliveries at the country’s main ports running ahead of last year, according to Amsterdam-based trader Continaf BV.
The Republic of Congo is planning 193 billion CFA francs ($390 million) in projects to bring safe drinking water to more rural communities, Radio Congo reported, citing Minister of Planning Jean-Jacques Bouya.