Cocoa Facts and Figures

  • Number of cocoa farmers, worldwide: 5-6 million
  • Number of people who depend upon cocoa for their livelihood, worldwide: 40-50 million
  • Annual cocoa production, worldwide: 3 million tons
  • Annual increase in demand for cocoa: 3 percent per year, for the past 100 years
  • Current global market value of annual cocoa crop: $5.1 billion
  • Cocoa growing regions: Africa, Asia, Central America, South America (all within 20 degrees of the equator)
  • Percentage of cocoa that comes from West Africa: 70 percent
  • Length of time required for a cocoa tree to produce its first beans (pods): five years
  • Duration of “peak growing period” for the average cocoa tree: 10 years