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Africa Cocoa Giants Snub Industry Talks to Protest Farmers’ Pay

  • Top producers won’t attend Brussels meetings on sustainability
  • Ivory Coast and Ghana produce two-thirds of the world’s cocoa
A cocoa farmer lays cocoa beans in the sun in Gagnoa, Ivory Coast.

A cocoa farmer lays cocoa beans in the sun in Gagnoa, Ivory Coast.

Photographer: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images

Ivory Coast and Ghana, which account for two-thirds of global cocoa production, will boycott industry talks this week in a protest about poverty among West African farmers.

The World Cocoa Foundation, a group representing 80% of the global market, will hold its 2022 Partnership Meetings in Brussels from Oct. 26 to 27 to discuss steps to improve farmer pay, combat child labor and end deforestation linked to cultivation of the crop. Representatives from the top two cocoa-producing nations will not be in attendance, according to officials from the West African countries.