West Africa accounts for nearly three quarters of the world’s cocoa production. Millions of people are employed by the sector or indirectly rely on cocoa farming to make a living. Analysts are projecting that this season cocoa production is likely to surpass more than 2.8 million tons during a year-long period that began in October 2012.
The West African nations of Ivory Coast and Ghana are the two leading Cocoa producers in the world followed by other producers including, Nigeria, and Cameroon. The majority of cocoa produced in the region is grown by small-scale farmers who are located in remote areas.