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Biggest Africa Cocoa Farm Takes Shape in Central Ivory Coast

  • KKO International using commercial methods to boost yields
  • Industrialized farms needed to address rising cocoa deficit
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In central-eastern Ivory Coast, a cocoa plantation that will be Africa’s biggest, spanning an area equal to about 3,000 soccer fields, is taking shape.

Solea, a unit of Brussels-based KKO International SA, is developing about 2,000 hectares (4,942 acres) of land near Bocanda and is trying to secure another 1,000 hectares. The project in the nation that’s the world’s top cocoa producer is unusual, because 90 percent of its cocoa comes from family-run farms of 2 to 4 hectares.