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.
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.
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 Islamic Development Bank disbursed 18 billion CFA francs ($37 million) to Mali for water supplies in the capital, Bamako, and a feasibility study for a road, L’Essor reported, without saying where it got the information.
Cocoa output in Ghana, the world’s biggest producer after Ivory Coast, will exceed this season’s target due to “good” weather and an increase in plantings, according to the country’s industry regulator.
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.