World News of Fri, 17 Feb 20171

Cocoa farmers protest in Ivory Coast

Ivory Cocoa Cocoa producers are asking the government to activate an emergency fund on cocoa

Cocoa growers have been marching in Ivory Coast's commercial hub, Abidjan, today in protest against a slowdown in exports and a reduced buying price.

Many are brandishing documents showing buyers have not paid them since December:



This banner reads "The cocoa council wants to kill the grower":



Cocoa producers are asking the government to activate an emergency fund on cocoa.

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This placard asks for help from President Alassane Ouattara:



While this placard says cocoa growers "also want to be a part" of the emerging economy.



Meanwhile, cocoa has piled up in warehouses, reports AP news agency.

The Coffee-Cocoa Council says there has been a slowdown of sales because of overproduction and a worldwide price reduction by 30%, AP adds.

Source: bbc.com

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