Partial Liberalisation of Ghana’s Cocoa Market: A Stakeholder Analysis

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Like many other sub-Saharan African countries, Ghana depends highly on primary commodity production. Ghana’s main crop for export is cocoa, and for more than a 100 years the country has been engaged in the trade of cocoa (Kolavalli, 2011). The cocoa sector is one of the largest employers in the country, and accounts for the livelihoods of over 700,000 farming households in the southern belt of the country (Kolavalli, 2011).

Due to the importance and size of the cocoa sector in Ghana this article will look into the partial liberalisation of the cocoa marketing system that took place in the 1980s/1990s. This paper will be split into three sections; the first will be on the history and background of cocoa in Ghana and the policies in place before the reform. The second section will focus on post 1983, when the first wave of…

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