Amazon Case Study: Boutique Chocolate

By AQ Online

The region could become a new frontier for cocoa production.

This article is part of AQ’s special report on sustainable development of the Amazon. With chocolate becoming ever more popular (even as a stress-buster!), global consumption is outstripping production. Western Africa produces three-quarters of the world’s supply of cacao, but the Brazilian Amazon – a native region for this fruit tree – could become a new frontier. Production in the state of Pará has increased more than 70% since 2014 and productivity is double the national average. “In the rainforest there are more than 35,000 varieties of cacao,” said...

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