Chocolate is becoming more and more of a luxury item for most consumers. However, the situation among producers in Côte d'Ivoire is vastly different.

Jacques Morisset |

Also available in: Français Issouf Ouattara, sales manager of the Lopé lowlands in the Hambol Region, Côte d’Ivoire, shares a laugh with Sali Soro, smallholder rice farmer (Photo by Raphaela…

Raphaela Karlen, Luc Christiaensen |

Also available in: Français Workers operating the rice thresher in the Lopé lowlands in the Hambol Region, Côte d’Ivoire. Photo by Raphaela Karlen / World Bank In the first post of this blog…

Luc Christiaensen, Raphaela Karlen |

Also available in: Français Zié Coulibaly, director of the Katiola rice mill in the Hambol Region, Côte d’Ivoire (Photo by Raphaela Karlen, World Bank) It is rice harvesting time in the Hambol…

Raphaela Karlen, Luc Christiaensen |

I am often asked how I view Côte d’Ivoire’s economic future. One thing is certain: the country will become urbanized. More than half the population already lives in the city and this proportion is…

Jacques Morisset |

The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program is building a sustainable and nutritious food system in Nigeria that creates jobs for youth. Photo: Dasan Bobo/World Bank For too long the…

Simeon Ehui |

More than 1, 000 years. That’s how long recent estimates suggest it would take in some developing countries to legally register all land – due to the limited number of land surveyors in country…

Linus Pott |

Also available in: Français Onion field in Northern Côte d’Ivoire - Photo by Raphaela Karlen / World Bank One out of ten people in the world —around 766 million people— still lived below the…

Maria Laura Sanchez Puerta, Raphaela Karlen, Julia Granata |

Photo: World Cocoa Foundation. For five years now, the global community has been observing the International Day of Forests on March 21. It is an occasion to celebrate the wide range of economic…

Richard Scobey |

  A new World Bank study finds that some Chilean technicians with a two-year degree have education returns that are only slightly lower than those of professionals. (Photo: Dominic Chavez/World…

Diego Angel-Urdinola |