Category Archives: commodities research and analysis

Fishing and Agriculture Sector Risk Analysis Report: Excessive Catches by Chinese Vessels Depleting West Africa Incomes and Ecosystems

Background Chinese fishing fleets, driven by plummeting catches close to home, are flocking to distant West African waters, where they engage in ecologically ruinous bottom trawling, subterfuge and other illegal activities that threaten marine resources in a region already under

Fishing and Agriculture Sector Risk Analysis Report: Excessive Catches by Chinese Vessels Depleting West Africa Incomes and Ecosystems

Background Chinese fishing fleets, driven by plummeting catches close to home, are flocking to distant West African waters, where they engage in ecologically ruinous bottom trawling, subterfuge and other illegal activities that threaten marine resources in a region already under

The Ghana Commodity Exchange Series: Collateral Management and Warehouse Receipt Systems (WRS)

Introduction: The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has initiated steps towards the introduction of a Warehouse Receipt System (WRS) of financing in the country. Under the warehouse system of financing, loans will be given out on the basis of goods or

The Ghana Commodity Exchange Series: Collateral Management and Warehouse Receipt Systems (WRS)

Introduction: The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has initiated steps towards the introduction of a Warehouse Receipt System (WRS) of financing in the country. Under the warehouse system of financing, loans will be given out on the basis of goods or

Agribusiness Sector Report: Positive New Developments in the Ghana Agribusiness Sector

President John Mahama has inaugurated a GH₵50 million tomato-processing factory at Tema that will serve the local market and also feed neighboring West and Central African countries. The magnificent state-of-the-art facility has a generating capacity of 30,000 metric tons per

Agribusiness Sector Report: Positive New Developments in the Ghana Agribusiness Sector

President John Mahama has inaugurated a GH₵50 million tomato-processing factory at Tema that will serve the local market and also feed neighboring West and Central African countries. The magnificent state-of-the-art facility has a generating capacity of 30,000 metric tons per

Commodity Analysis: 5 for $1 Bananas

On my way to work this morning i decided to buy some fruits from my usual fruit seller.  So being the commodities economics nerd that i am, i usually try to scan through the prices real quickly to spot the

Commodity Analysis: 5 for $1 Bananas

On my way to work this morning i decided to buy some fruits from my usual fruit seller.  So being the commodities economics nerd that i am, i usually try to scan through the prices real quickly to spot the

Commodity Analysis: An Asian Demand-Driven Rally, And A Pesky National Debt…

Cocoa closed on March 31, 2015 at $2699 per ton, which was down over 7.25% for the first quarter of the year. On Friday, May 15, active month July cocoa futures settled at $3133 – an increase of 16% in

Commodity Analysis: An Asian Demand-Driven Rally, And A Pesky National Debt…

Cocoa closed on March 31, 2015 at $2699 per ton, which was down over 7.25% for the first quarter of the year. On Friday, May 15, active month July cocoa futures settled at $3133 – an increase of 16% in

Commodity Analysis Report: The Ghana 2014-2015 Cocoa Main Crop Failure, the Possible Causes and Potential Impacts to the Global Cocoa Commodity Markets..

Ghana 2014-2015 Cocoa Main Crop failure, Possible Causes/Reasons and Possible Solutions…     Brief history of Cocoa in Ghana Cocoa originated from around the headwaters of the Amazon in South America. Its cultivation and value spread in ancient times throughout

Commodity Analysis Report: The Ghana 2014-2015 Cocoa Main Crop Failure, the Possible Causes and Potential Impacts to the Global Cocoa Commodity Markets..

Ghana 2014-2015 Cocoa Main Crop failure, Possible Causes/Reasons and Possible Solutions…     Brief history of Cocoa in Ghana Cocoa originated from around the headwaters of the Amazon in South America. Its cultivation and value spread in ancient times throughout

Case Study: Niche Cocoa Industry Ltd. Improving Productivity in it’s Cocoa Processing Activities in Ghana…

Political stability, good governance and increasing export revenues have turned Ghana into one of the largest and fastest-growing economies in sub-Saharan Africa, and the cocoa industry has played a key role in this process. Now the second largest exporter of

Case Study: Niche Cocoa Industry Ltd. Improving Productivity in it’s Cocoa Processing Activities in Ghana…

Political stability, good governance and increasing export revenues have turned Ghana into one of the largest and fastest-growing economies in sub-Saharan Africa, and the cocoa industry has played a key role in this process. Now the second largest exporter of