The Ivory Coast and Ghana will not sell cocoa from the 2020-2021 crop for less than $2,600 per tonne, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara said on Tuesday, affirming his country’s resolve to stick to a deal with Ghana to coordinate prices.
The two West African neighbours joined forces in June to impose a floor price for cocoa of $2,600 per tonne and a live income differential of $400 per tonne.
“We will not sell the 2020-21 crop for below $2,600 per tonne,” Ouattara said in a televised address.
He also said he wanted the guaranteed price for farmers to return to 2015 levels of 1,000 CFA francs ($1.71) per kilogramme from the current level of 750 CFA francs ($1.28) per kilogramme.
“We will raise the cocoa price on October 1,” he said, in reference to this farm-gate price.
The move is a dramatic change of course from only a few weeks ago. On July 16, Ghana and the Ivory Coast had given in to pressure from the global chocolate industry and lifted a month-long ban on cocoa sales that was meant to push international buyers to accept a $2,600-a-tonne minimum agreement.
At the time, the two countries settled for a fixed premium price under which farmers in Ghana and the Ivory Coast would get $400 premium per every tonne of cocoa beans they sell during the 2020-2021 harvest season.