Ivory Coast pins its hopes on first chocolate factory

World's biggest exporter of cocoa beans takes what it calls its first step to become a player in the global industry.

    Ivory Coast is the world's biggest exporter of cocoa beans, but for a long time cocoa farmers have reaped very little profit from the staple food used to make chocolate around the world.

    Now, in a new effort to help people get more benefits from cocoa production, the government has built the country's first chocolate factory to make products that fetch a much higher price than the bean.

    Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow, reporting after a visit to the factory in Abidjan, said: "The factory has the capacity to convert Ivorian cocoa beans into 10,000 chocolate products every year. It's the first step of what the government calls the journey towards becoming the world's leading grinder of cocoa."

    Ibrahim Kone, a marketing manager for the factory, told Al Jazeera the factory has also created more job opportunities, which are vital for the country as it emerges from a major conflict.

    Massandje Toure-Litse, who heads Ivory Coast's Cocoa and Coffee Council, said: "The government is trying to attract foreign investment in the country's cocoa sector.

    "Our dream is to dominate the global cocoa industry some day soon."

     

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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