Local farmers gather dried cocoa beans to be weighed before

Local farmers gather dried cocoa beans to be weighed before selling them to merchants in a village outside of Kumasi, Ghana, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008. The merchants act as middle men for cocoa processing plants. Ghana, the world’s second biggest cocoa producer after Ivory Coast, has increased purchases of beans from farmers by 6 percent so far this season. The state-run Ghana Cocoa Board, known as Cocobod, bought 510,025 metric tons of cocoa in the 15 weeks to Jan. 31, compared with 481,418 tons a year earlier. Photographer: Jane Hahn/Bloomberg News