Africa is a leading continent when it comes to the production of cocoa.
Ghana and Ivory Coast together produce majority of the world’s cocoa beans but the continent struggles to rake in significant amount of money from just selling their beans in their raw state.
African entrepreneurs largely dominated by women are now taking up the challenge to add value to the cocoa beans through various innovations.
This month many of these female entrepreneurs showcased their innovations at a cocoa and chocolate expo in Ghana’s capital Accra.
Dozens of business owners from across Africa in the Cocoa industry met at the event put together by the Ghana Export Promotion Authority.
Priority was to discuss how to add value to the Cocoa beans produced on the continent.
Diverse cocoa products
Delia Carmen Diabangouya, a co-founder of Choco-Togo, a Togolese company talked about her company’s medicinal chocolate innovations.
“We have health chocolate, we call it medical chocolate that is chocolate with Moringa, with cocoa and baobab powder.