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Ghana promises free chocolate for students
October 15, 2017, 5:12 pm

In a bid to reinvigorate domestic consumption of the country’s major export product, Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has promised to initiate a program that will ensure every student receives free chocolate or cocoa products every day.

He said the decision is tied with the government’s plans of boosting the local consumption of cocoa products from the world’s second largest producer of the cash crop. “Our target is to provide every Ghanaian student with a bar of chocolate or cocoa beverage each day whilst in school … [Government agencies] are to ensure the sustained provision of cocoa beverages and chocolates to school children from primary school to secondary level,” he said while speaking on the occasion of World Cocoa Day and the 70th anniversary of the country’s cocoa pricing company, Ghana Cocoa Board.

Ghana is the second largest exporter of cocoa in the world after neighboring Ivory Coast. The West African country produced an estimated 909,493 metric tonnes in July, 2017, Ghana’s biggest harvest in six years. It is estimated that Africa consumes only 4 percent of chocolate products from the continent.


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