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Ghana: African Development Bank-facilitated $600 million Cocobod loan gives cocoa farmers hope for future

Agnes Korkor Ababio climbs onto the back of a pick-up truck and begins counting a stack of 64-kg cocoa bags heaped in the vehicle.

“It’s more than 40 bags,” she says in smiles as she clambers down from the truck, aided by an assistant.

Ababio is one of many cocoa farmers in the Suhum area of Ghana’s eastern region that are hoping to see higher family incomes through increased farm productivity since industry regulator Cocobod launched  a tree pruning pilot  two years ago.