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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Jun 05 2018

Ivory Coast banks struggle with fallout from 2016/17 cocoa crisis

ABIDJAN Banks in Ivory Coast are struggling to secure repayment on up to 200 billion CFA francs ($348 million) in outstanding loans made to cocoa exporters during the country's crisis-hit 2016/17 season, bank officials said.

May 25 2018

Ivory Coast needs over $1 billion for reforestation strategy

ABIDJAN Ivory Coast will ask donors, timber firms and cocoa companies to help finance a reforestation strategy costing 616 billion CFA francs ($1 billion) over 10 years, the country's water and forests minister said on Friday.

Apr 19 2018

Explainer: Plans to end cocoa deforestation face multiple hurdles

DUEKOUE, Ivory Coast Faced with the prospect of losing all its forests, Ivory Coast has partnered with chocolate makers to try to halt the spread of cocoa plantations in protected national parks and reserves.

Apr 27 2018

KPMG urges spot sale system to address Ivory Coast cocoa defaults

ABIDJAN, April 27 Global audit firm KPMG has urged Ivory Coast to introduce a spot sales system for local cocoa exporters who were responsible for defaults on 148,000 tonnes of contracts in the last growing season.

Apr 27 2018

KPMG urges spot sale system to address Ivory Coast cocoa defaults

ABIDJAN, April 27 Global audit firm KPMG has urged Ivory Coast to introduce a spot sales system for local cocoa exporters who were responsible for defaults on 148,000 tonnes of contracts in the last growing season.

Apr 25 2018

Facing low cocoa prices, Ivory Coast stops helping farmers boost yields

ABIDJAN, April 25 Ivory Coast will stop distributing hybrid seedlings and other advanced technologies that help cocoa farmers improve yields to cut overproduction that has weighed on cocoa prices, according to a letter by the regulator sent to exporters.

Apr 19 2018

Explainer - Plans to end cocoa deforestation face multiple hurdles

DUEKOUE, Ivory Coast Faced with the prospect of losing all its forests, Ivory Coast has partnered with chocolate makers to try to halt the spread of cocoa plantations in protected national parks and reserves.

Mar 24 2018

Ivorians vote in senate poll likely to shore up president's power

ABIDJAN Ivorians voted for a new senate on Saturday in a poll likely to shore up President Alassane Ouattara's grip on power, amidst an opposition boycott, while doing little to relieve ethnic tensions lingering from a decade of crisis.

Feb 22 2018

Ivory Coast cocoa exporters forecast drop in main crop output

ABIDJAN, Feb 22 Cocoa exporters and pod counters in Ivory Coast have revised down their forecast for this year's main harvest because of hot weather and a lack of rain.

Jan 10 2018

Soldiers loot arms, burn military base in Ivory Coast's second largest city

ABIDJAN Soldiers in Ivory Coast's second largest city looted weapons from the base of a rival elite military unit before setting it on fire during an overnight clash, leaders of the faction that carried out the raid said on Wednesday.

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