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COCOA COMPANIES REMOVE STAFF AFTER CAMEROON VIOLENCE

COCOA COMPANIES REMOVE STAFF AFTER CAMEROON VIOLENCE



Cocoa companies in Cameroon have moved staff out of the Anglophone region of the country and farmers are abandoning their crops after violence between separatists and security forces intensified.

According to Reuters, the deepening conflict has started affecting the output of cocoa and flow from the southwest, stripping the region of its mantle as Cameroon’s top cocoa-growing area.

Reuters said Telcar Cocoa, Olam and Theobroma are among the firms that have moved the majority of their staff out of southwest Cameroon because of safety concerns.

Some cocoa farmers have abandoned their plantations and fled, driven out by a rise in kidnappings, extortion and fighting between insurgents and security forces.

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