S. dollars in a syndicated financial facility for cocoa purchases in the 20222023 cocoa season.
In a statement, the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), the country’s cocoa industry regulator, said the financing would assist it in meeting its financing needs for the 20222023 cocoa crop and other cocoa-related operations.
The syndicating financial institutions include Rabobank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Standard Chartered Bank, and some others, the statement said.
The world’s second-largest producer of cocoa beans, provides about 20 per cent of the global cocoa supply.
The product is the West African country’s second-largest export revenue generator, after gold.
It is also one of the largest employment generating sectors, with around 800,000 families whose livelihoods depend on the cash crop.