Cocoa Producing Countries 2019

Cocoa beans are grown on cacao trees and have been consumed for thousands of years. Today, dried and fermented seeds can be used to create chocolate, while the fat of the beans – or cocoa butter – can also be extracted and used for a variety of purposes, from moisturizing the skin and hair to cooking.

Cocoa was first harvested in what is today Central America. Soon, though, it became popular around the world, and it is now produced in many regions worldwide. In the United States alone, Americans eat 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate each year.

While many nations produce cocoa beans, there are a few that stand out from the pack. One of those is Cote d’Ivoire. This nation is responsible for 30% of the world’s cocoa. Familiar brands like Cadbury and Nestle mostly source their cocoa from this country.

Ghana is another top producer of cocoa. The production of cocoa contributes significantly to the nation’s GDP. Unfortunately, operational costs have become a problem in recent years, leading to cocoa smuggling to the Ivory Coast.

Indonesia is relatively new to the cocoa industry, only ramping up producting during the 1980s. Today, the nation is one of the top producers in the world.

Other nations that are top producers of cocoa include:

Country Cocoa Production (Metric Tons) Population 2019
American Samoa155,312
Suriname5581,372
Fiji12889,953
Micronesia33113,815
Comoros40850,886
Saint Lucia51182,790
Thailand12569,625,582
Central African Republic1494,745,185
Gabon1872,172,579
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines222110,589
Cuba23111,333,483
Belize244390,353
Jamaica3052,948,279
Dominica31271,808
Trinidad And Tobago3201,394,973
El Salvador3576,453,553
Equatorial Guinea4131,355,986
Guyana429782,766
Angola44231,825,295
Samoa479197,097
Costa Rica5455,047,561
Panama6624,246,439
Honduras7519,746,117
Grenada800112,003
Malaysia1,02931,949,777
Sri Lanka1,29121,323,733
Vanuatu1,813299,882
Sao Tome And Principe2,778215,056
Dr Congo3,75886,790,567
Republic Of The Congo4,0005,380,508
Solomon Islands4,940669,823
Bolivia5,51811,513,100
Nicaragua6,6006,545,502
Philippines7,009108,116,615
Tanzania8,54858,005,463
Liberia8,5524,937,374
Guinea10,63812,771,246
Madagascar11,01026,969,307
Guatemala11,80317,581,472
Haiti14,17311,263,077
Sierra Leone14,6707,813,215
India19,0001,366,417,754
Togo22,5228,082,366
Venezuela23,34928,515,829
Mexico27,287127,575,529
Uganda31,31244,269,594
Papua New Guinea44,5048,776,109
Colombia56,80850,339,443
Dominican Republic86,59910,738,958
Peru121,82532,510,453
Ecuador205,95517,373,662
Brazil235,809211,049,527
Cameroon295,02825,876,380
Nigeria328,263200,963,599
Indonesia659,776270,625,568
Ghana883,65230,417,856
Ivory Coast2,034,00025,716,544