World News of Fri, 17 Feb 20171
Cocoa farmers protest in Ivory Coast
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.
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.