Which Country Produces the Most Cocoa in the World?

Beverage Crops October 23, 2017
Author: Irina Andreeva
Market Analyst

Global cocoa market

In 2015, the countries with the highest levels of cocao production were Côte D'Ivoire (1,405 thousand tonnes), Ghana (837 thousand tonnes), Indonesia (718 thousand tonnes), together accounting for 68% of total output.

From 2007 to 2015, the most notable growth rates of cocoa production among the main producing countries was attained by Ghana (+3.9% per year), while the other global leaders experienced mixed trends in the output figures.

Top 10 Cocoa Producing Countries in the World

1. Côte D'Ivoire (1,405K Tonnes)
2. Ghana (837K Tonnes)
3. Indonesia (718K Tonnes)
4. Brazil (282K Tonnes)
5. Cameroon (272K Tonnes)
6. Nigeria (198K Tonnes)
7. Ecuador (162K Tonnes)
8. Peru (91K Tonnes)
9. Dominican Republic (67K Tonnes)
10. Colombia (51K Tonnes)

Global Cocoa Production

Global cocoa production amounted to 4,353 thousand tonnes in 2015, declining by -2.2% against the previous year level. Overall, the global cocoa output pursued a pronounced growth from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern was relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total output figures increased at an average annual rate of +1.4%. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2008, when the output figure increased by +9% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, the global cocoa production reached its maximum volume in 2015, and is likely to continue its growth in the immediate term.

Over the analyzed period, an increase in global cocoa production was primarily driven by population growth. Furthermore, these key drivers are expected to continue promoting the cocoa output in the immediate term. This general positive trend was largely conditioned by a robust expansion of the harvested area and a noticeable contraction of the yield figures.

The world cocoa harvested area amounted to 10,463 thousand ha in 2015, which was almost equal to the previous year figure. The cocoa harvested area indicated a noticeable increase over the period under review, representing a compound annual growth rate of +2.4% from 2007 to 2015. This trend pattern, however, indicated some mild fluctuations over the recent years. Over the period under review, the total cocoa harvested area peaked in 2015, and is likely to continue its expansion in the immediate term, following rising demand for globally.

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Source: World: Cocoa (Beans) - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast