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.
A record global grain harvest has done nothing to help Jailos Kamuloni feed his family in Malawi, where costs have skyrocketed for the corn flour used to make the thick nsima porridge that people eat at almost every meal.
Cocoa supplies may outpace demand for a second year in the 2011-12 season starting in October as consumption falls, according to Ecobank Transnational Inc., the Togo-based lender operating in more than 30 African countries.
An end to sugar quotas in the European Union, expected by the EU Council as early as 2017, may promote trade of the sweetener within Africa as Ethiopia and Nigeria plan to raise output, said Ecobank Transnational Ltd.
Cocoa rebounded in London before the delivery of the December futures contract tomorrow amid speculation bean arrivals at ports in top producer Ivory Coast will start to slow next year. Robusta coffee advanced.
Above-average rain in some cocoa- growing areas of southwestern Ivory Coast, the world’s top producer, is benefiting this season’s crops, easing concern slow bean deliveries next year will deepen global shortages.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is considering looking outside the Bank of England for a successor to Mervyn King, which would be the first such move in 30 years, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.