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Ivory Coast polls feed cocoa farmers' fears

Reuters reports (20 April 2005) that cocoa farmers in western Ivory Coast fear October polls will fan ethnic violence just as the main crop will be getting under way in a region where war has already deepened tribal rifts. Growers and industry players said some farmers were too scared to travel to the main towns, while others were reluctant to go into the bush and tend to their plantations for fear of attacks from ethnic rivals. Analysts said fear of attacks was already hindering the flow of mid-crop cocoa from the bush in some areas and cast a cloud over the 2005/06 main crop, due to start in October. Find the full story here.

Posted by Cynthia on April 25, 2005 at 07:36 PM in Cocoa, Cote D'Ivoire | Permalink