The big agricultural trading houses, which are still resisting the minimum pricing system introduced by Ivory Coast and Ghana last year, now risk seeing their share of the chocolate market reduced in favour of their Ivorian competitors.
Africa's coffee producers would like to impose the same demands on multinationals as Ghana and Ivory Coast have done on cacao but are struggling to coordinate their efforts. Their battle has everyone involved, from the Fine Coffees Association to the International Coffee Organization.
Côte d'Ivoire Métrologie, the company of former minister Youssouf Soumahoro which has a monopoly on weights and measures throughout the country, has outraged farmers and the business community by sending its prices through the roof.
While the role of Alassane Ouattara's presidential campaign manager should be officially awarded to Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko, behind the scenes it is the executive director of the presidential party, Adama Bictogo, who will be behind the steering wheel.