COCOA IN LATIN AMERICA
Latin America is a leader in the development of both commercial-scale cocoa production and sustainability. This development has been driven in response to the ongoing structural problems in cocoa production in West Africa and Asia and has been accommodated by the emergence of relative regional political stability in Latin and Central America.
Latin America accounts for approximately 18% of total production worldwide, but approaches 50% of total sustainable production, and is the leader in the expansion of newly planted hectares. It is estimated that 80% of the large expansions of newly planted or completely new plantations are in the region (Hardman).