16 Feb '12, 10am

For the Love of Chocolate: Rainforest Alliance’s Sustainable Cocoa Program

For the Love of Chocolate: Rainforest Alliance’s Sustainable Cocoa Program

As a nod to Valentine’s and the associated obsession with chocolate, Rainforest Alliance hosted a webinar on February 13, 2012: “Greening the Cocoa Industry.” Eric Servat, Senior Manager of the Rainforest Alliance cocoa program, described current developments in the cocoa industry and the Alliance’s efforts to expand sustainable cocoa production. The cocoa industry is large, growing and complex. Europe and the U.S. have historically been the biggest consumer markets, but growing demand in the Asia – Pacific region is putting pressure on the market supply. Global Industry Analysts (GIA) predicts that the global cocoa market will reach 5.3 million tons by 2015. West Africa is the greatest producer of cocoa, accounting for over 70 percent of the world’s production. Cocoa production provides a livelihood for over 5 million farmers, 90 percent of whom are smallholders. The prod...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/02/love-chocolate-rainfo...

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