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Change in commodity futures prices YTD May 8, 2020: Cocoa (-4.8%); Wheat (+3.7%); Maize (-17.5%); ICE Natural gas (-55%); Gold (+12.1%); Soyabeans (-23.1%); Cotton (-18.2%); Rough rice (+27.2%); Platinum (-18.5%); Arabica coffee (-15.1%); Brent crude oil (-53.3%); Copper (-14.6%); Sugar (-23.3%);     Whilst Africa's growth in 2020 could fall to its lowest since the 2008/9 global financial crisis, the asymmetric nature of shocks facing the region, coupled with increasing investment and cross-border trade, should help the region recover speedily.

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July 24, 2021

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Cocoa: It’s a complete mess at the moment, but whodunnit?

For anyone currently watching cocoa markets, this statement might sound familiar: “It’s a complete mess at the moment. I wish Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire would talk and listen”.   But why the accusatory stance on these producing countries? Cut to the chase and US chocolate-maker, Hershey’s, is expected to take delivery of a large volume of

“Buckle-up chicks!”: Commodity markets are pummeled lower

Two weeks ago, WTI crude for May delivery tumbled deep into negative territory. Some could argue the writing was on the wall when major #African producers failed to secure buyers from staple and long-haul markets, against a backdrop of severely limited storage capacity. Even now, markets in contango offer little comfort to naturally-long or speculatively-short

CFA Franc Zone: Outlook for 2019–Currency risk tops the poll

Questions over the CFA franc’s peg to the euro; and XAF/XOF parity      A Franctrade survey suggests that the CFA franc’s peg to the euro will remain a major theme for business and industry leaders in the region in 2019 with many participants taking the view that a devaluation of the currency is now

The risk of debt distress in the CFA franc zone

Most of the CFA franc zone countries in both central and west Africa are currently considered to be at moderate risk of debt distress. Of the remaining four, three are deemed to be at high risk of debt distress–Cameroon, the Central African Republic and Chad; while Senegal is at low risk. None of the countries profiled is

China’s USD60 billion pledge to Africa

The just ended Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing,China showcased South-South cooperation at a time when protectionist policies have gained ground in some major economies and which risk undermining North-South partnerships. China’s pledge of another USD60 billion in additional support for African countries has fueled debate on the sustainability of China’s financial and trading relationship with Africa. Meanwhile,

Intégrer la consommation du café dans les habitudes alimentaires

by Auguste Aouti-Communications officer (chargé de communication) at the inter-African Coffee Organization, Côte d’Ivoire KALDI, un jeune berger Ethiopien, a constaté un jour que la consommation des vives petites baies rouges qui poussaient dans la brousse aux alentours par son troupeau avait un effet énergisant sur lui. Il en mâcha à son tour quelques-unes et

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