Cocoa around the world

Cocoa requires high rainfall and temperatures to grow, as well as rainforest trees to offer shade and protection from too much light and damage caused by wind. Because cocoa farms are sensitive to this type of climate, they can only flourish in a narrow band of countries between 20 degrees north and south of the equator.

As the one of the world’s largest chocolate makers, we have a stake in protecting these origins. We do so through Cocoa Life, which is active across all major cocoa origins from Africa to Asia to the Americas. We are committed to making a difference in these communities.

Did you know?

  • Five to six million farmers grow cocoa along the equatorial belt
  • Most of the world’s cocoa comes from West Africa (63% of all production)
  • 90% of the world’s cocoa is produced on small farms with less than two hectares of land and an average yield of just 600-800 kg per year
Cocoa Life On The Map

From a global perspective to a local view: our Interactive Cocoa Farm Map shows our worldwide scale. It also visualizes the individual farmers and their communities that are participating in Cocoa Life.

Note: Not all farmers participating in Cocoa Life are mapped yet; in some areas there are more farmers participating than are displayed.

Marker meanings

  • cocoa life presence

    Cocoa Life presence

  • cocoa farms

    Cocoa farms

  • demonstration plot

    Demonstration plot

  • nursery



2.076 farmers participating
6 Cocoa Life team members
112 Cocoa Life Communities
Active in country since 2012
Zoom in to find out moreWe are working on mapping the farms in this origin.

Ashanti Region

2.076 farmers participating
6 hectares of farmland
112 Cocoa Life Communities


2.076 farmers participating
6 hectares of farmland


Location: 6
6 hectares of farmland
Year farmer joined: 1970

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