From cocoa pod to chocolate bar: stages of production – in pictures

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Follow the stages of production for cocoa farmers, and the challenges and wider involvement of whole communities in this article from London’s Guardian. Here is a brief excerpt. You can access the article and photographs through the link below.

Cocoa pods, grown on cocoa plants in the Dominican Republic. The confectionary market, now worth $110 bn a year, is controlled by just a handful of major companies.

Europe accounts for almost half of all global cocoa consumption (48%), while America accounts for 33%. Consumption is fast growing in Brazil, Russia and India as well. This growing market has resulted in predictions of a cocoa deficit in years to come, leading to high prices for cocoa and cocoa products. Combined with a lack of new generation cocoa farmers, the future looks bleak. Even during difficult economic times however, chocolate consumption continues to rise, and Easter is one of the high…

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