Small cocoa farmers in West Africa get only a fraction of what their beans are worth. They are pushing for higher prices on commodity markets.
The arrest warrant against Guillaume Soro threatens to plunge the West African country into uncertainty and violence. The former rebel leader is contesting next year's presidential election against an ally-turned-rival.
Traders in Ghana have labeled Abuja's decision to continue shutting its border as needless and un-African. On the contrary, Nigeria claims the border closure has spurred local production and reduced arms smuggling.
Anglophone ECOWAS members have criticized plans by the bloc's French-speaking states to change the CFA franc's name to 'Eco'. ECOWAS had planned to launch a common currency under the same name in 2020.
Emmanuel Macron has met with West African leaders to revamp the regional currency. The CFA Franc has been criticized as a relic of French colonialism, which Macron called a "grave mistake."
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