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Cocoa Barometer 2022 - Latin American Baseline

The history of cocoa consumption and of cocoa cultivation began in South and Central America. There, the shade-loving plant grew in the forest, and thousands of years ago people discovered that food could be prepared from its beans. Exactly when this happened is controversial, as is the question of where the use of cocoa spread and who was responsible for it. Presumably, the tree originally came from the forests in the Orinoco and Amazon river systems, i.e. the north and northwest of South America.

Year of publication: 2022
Article number: 2022-20
Number of pages: 38
Text: Friedel Hütz-Adams, Pablo Campos
Editor: Antonie C. Fountain



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Friedel Hütz-Adams

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Pablo Campos

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