Sierra Leone opened its first processing factory with the capacity to process up to 4,000 tonnes of cocoa beans per year in a bid to bring profits to the country's crucial Industry home and improve the lives of thousands of farmers.

Agriculture is the primary source of livelihood for more than 70% of population in whole of sub-Saharan Africa.

Having the supply chain in own hands is crucial. Other way round German chocolate manufacturer Ritter has own plantations in Nicaragua.

@wauz @JonathanMBR

Ask around how many people is persuaded the Swiss has their own crops of cocoa… in Switzerland 😄

Actually we know Switzerland has just spaghetti trees!

@GustavinoBevilacqua @wauz
😂, there are some even in Kenya from highlands where wheat comes from that don't know spaghetti is just wheat.😆

@wauz yes, and that's similar to Del Monte, Del Monte has a big pineapple farm in Thika Kiambu county, Kenya, that they uses as raw materials for their food productions, this is not enough for all their pineapple drinks, they buy pineapples from other sources just like Ritter, they buy cocoa from Ivory Coast too.


Beyond higher profits for local farmers, to process raw crops on the place of production has some other hidden advantages:

— byproducts (like bean shells), which can be locally used as fertilizer, don't travel, reducing pollution

— alien plants and insects don't cross the world hidden in the raw products


I believe that cocoa processing needs cold ? Will they be able to maintain the adequate coldness for the full processing ?

@lienrag yeah, if they have not considered, then it means the factory will be abandoned, I have seen many abondoned factories in Thika due to strategic failures, the factory will be added to this list.

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