Growing cocoa beans offers small-scale farmers in Uganda and other tropical countries a livelihood from a product that has strong foreign demand and local environmental benefits, according to researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute.
More than 85% of the world's cocoa beans are grown by small-scale family farmers, mainly in West Africa but also in Southeast Asia and Latin America, says Bill Guyton, president of the World Cocoa Foundation, an industry-supported organization based in Virginia.
Consuming cocoa products in moderate amounts can be healthy, too.
Cocoa is great for gifts in place of boxed chocolates.
Stage a promotion showing how cocoa can be a part of a healthy lifestyle by posting results from recent scientific studies.
Low-carb cocoa is an excellent choice for dieting chocolate lovers.
There's no question that cocoa is a delicious way to warm up during winter, but it's also the perfect complement to summer evenings.
Instead of passing out candy, serve up samples of Mexican hot chocolate or another of your creamy and delicious specialty cocoa products.