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Rappler's latest stories on cocoa


Nestle upsets Fairtrade over KitKat cocoa sourcing

Jun 24, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Nestle says it will switch from Fairtrade to Rainforest Alliance-certified cocoa producers for KitKat chocolate wafers sold in Britain and Ireland

New cocoa deals help peasant farmers, but not enough

Nov 03, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Cocoa farmers in Ivory Coast and Ghana remain mired in poverty

COCOA SECTOR. Members of an agricultural cocoa cooperative put cocoa beans to dry on April 17, 2019, at a farm near Adzope, southern Ivory Coast. File photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Filipino cocoa farmer makes it to 2019 International Cocoa Awards

Aug 16, 2019 - 11:24 PM

Jose Saguban's cacao is among the 50 best bean samples selected by experts for the awards

BEST BEANS. Jose Saguban's cocoa is among the 50 best cocoa bean samples selected in the 2019 International Cocoa Awards. Photo from

Ivory Coast must overhaul key cocoa sector – World Bank

Jul 11, 2019 - 10:45 PM

'Despite its importance to the Ivorian economy and society, the cocoa sector is not playing its role as the engine of economic development,' says the World Bank

Women sort cocoa beans at a cocoa exporter's in Abidjan, on July 3, 2019. - In June key producers Ivory Coast and Ghana threatened to stop selling their production to buyers unwilling to meet a minimum price of $2,600 per tonne. The two African nations -- which together account for 60 percent of the world's cocoa production -- want to end a situation where cocoa producers make only $6 billion in a global chocolate market worth around $100 billion. (Photo by Sia KAMBOU / AFP)

Cocoa prices soar as Ivory Coast, Ghana threaten supply cut

Jun 13, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Ivory Coast and Ghana, which together account for 60% of the world's cocoa production, summon buyers to demand a price of $2,600 per ton

Women members of an agricultural cocoa cooperative put cocoa beans to dry on April 17, 2019 in a farm near Adzope, southern Ivory Coast. - US president's daughter, who attended a Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) West Africa Regional Summit, unveiled on April 17 $2.0 million in aid for women working in Ivory Coast's key cocoa sector. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

Auro Chocolate is serving up cocoa for a cause

Jan 03, 2018 - 6:16 PM

Aside from producing world-class chocolates, Auro's fair trade advocacies help local farmers too

Cacao beans from Davao cited as among world's best in Paris

Nov 02, 2017 - 4:12 PM

Puentespina Farms' cacao beans make it to the top 50 entries at the 2017 International Cocoa Awards

MADE IN DAVAO. Malagos Chocolate made from cacao beans cultivated in Puentespina Farms in Davao City. All photos from the Malagos Chocolate Facebook Page

Chocolate company unveils new type of chocolate

Sep 07, 2017 - 5:00 PM

And it comes in millennial pink

RUBY CHOCOLATE. The new type of chocolate has a natural pink color and berry flavor. Photo from Barry Callebaut

Menikmati cokelat asli Indonesia di Pipiltin Cocoa

Jul 07, 2017 - 2:06 PM

Indonesia adalah negara penghasil biji kakao terbesar di dunia setelah Pantai Gading dan Ghana

COKELAT ASLI INDONESIA. Di Pipiltin Cocoa, cokelat batangan yang dijual berasal dari daerah-daerah di Indonesia seperti Bali, Flores, Jawa Timur dan Aceh. Foto dari akun Instagram @pipiltincocoa

Ivory Coast cocoa farmers seek gold in face of drought

Sep 05, 2016 - 11:40 AM

Ivory Coast is the world s leading cocoa exporter but thousands of farmers there are now turning to unlicensed gold mines where they earn more

A gold-digger digs into a field seeking for gold in the village of Bore, next to the central town of Dimbokro on August 15, 2016, where cocoa fields have been turned into illegal gold mines. The prospect of wealth has brought diggers from neighbouring Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea to seek their fortunes in dozens of small mines scattered over a radius of more than 300 kilometres (185 miles) in the Nzi-Comoe region. / AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO

WATCH: An Indonesian cocoa farmer tastes chocolate for the first time

Feb 04, 2016 - 1:10 PM

An Indonesian cocoa farmer tastes chocolate for the first time in this video that also explains why consuming this chocolate shouldn t make you feel guilty

The 'chocolate greenhouse' saving the world's cocoa

Feb 23, 2015 - 12:27 PM

The International Cocoa Quarantine Centre s aim is to reduce the amount of disease affecting cocoa plants by quarantining them before sharing them with different countries to produce new more resistant varieties

PEST CHECK. Horticultural technician Heather Lake checks cocoa plant leaves for pests inside the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre in Reading, west of London, on February 18, 2015. Justin Tallis/AFP

Cocoa clue to reversing memory loss

Oct 27, 2014 - 11:24 AM

Scientists say bioactive ingredients found in cocoa sharply reverse age related memory decline

Can Mindanao save the world chocolate industry?

Aug 21, 2014 - 11:57 AM

Chocolate from Mindanao can help prevent the world shortage of cacao predicted to happen in 2020 officials say