The story of cocoa production Business ... Print comment A young employee harvests beans from a cocoa tree in the Ivory Coast.(AFP/ Sia Kambou) The cocoa bean: where the story of chocolate begins.(keystone/ap/ Fernando Llano) Once harvested, cocoa beans are fermented and dried.(AFP/ Luis Acosta) Packaged cocoa beans ready to be taken to market.(reuters/ Yuriko Nakao) Cocoa beans are sorted and graded by quality.(keystone/ap/ Fernando Llano) Cocoa production involves plenty of tough manual labour.(keystone/ap/ Ben Curtis) Many cocoa plantations are trying to ramp up production to meet growing demand.(reuters/ Thierry Gouegnon) Some 70% of the world's cocoa comes from West Africa - 40% from the Ivory Coast alone.(AP/ Schalk van Zuydam) This content was published on October 11, 2012 12:42 PMOct 11, 2012 - 12:42 Neuer Inhalt Horizontal Line subscription form Form for signing up for free newsletter. Sign up for our free newsletters and get the top stories delivered to your inbox. Email address Top stories (weekly) Latest news (daily) Business (weekly) Politics (weekly) Society (weekly) Fintech (monthly) Click here to see more newsletters swissinfo EN The following content is sourced from external partners. We cannot guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired. swissinfo.ch Join us on Facebook!