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    Cocoa Revolution at the Embassy of Guyana

    The Embassy of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana in Beijing, in association with PlanetChoco, hosted an Exposition entitled “Cocoa Revolution: Promoting Healthier Lifestyles and Empowering Families and Communities” to introduce audiences to the exquisite taste of Guyanese cocoa.

    The event was organized in response to interventions made by Guyanese agencies for increased investments in the industry and to showcase Guyana’s potential as a producer, against the backdrop of declining world production. It was also intended to serve as a cultural and educational platform to introduce audiences to the versatile characteristics of organic cocoa, its health and social benefits and the numerous ways in which it is being used to contribute to women empowerment, entrepreneurship and community development in Guyana, through organizations such as the Women Agro-processors Development Network, the Blue Flame Women’s Group and Northwest Organics etc, whose efforts were also highlighted.

    It was attended by representatives of the local media, chambers of commerce and enterprises and benefitted from presentations by the Embassy and a naturopathic specialist, while Ms. Connie Hong of PlanetChoco gave a live demonstration of cocoa processing. The Embassy’s presentation centred on sustainable agriculture in Guyana and the benefits derived by indigenous communities from organic cacao farming, while Melissa Rodriguez N.D, naturopathic doctor with the Center for Family Medicine and Integrative Healthcare at Beijing United Family Hospital, spoke to the health benefits of cacao.

     

    PlanetChoco’s demonstration was followed by a tasting of chocolates hand made by Mrs. Hong with beans from Guyana. She has been leading PlanetChoco in its cocoa and chocolate education drive in China since 2016 and prepared several levels of dark chocolates and truffles made with Guyanese rum, for the tasting.

     

    The demand for fine flavor cocoa varieties and chocolate products are ever rising. As Chinese consumption continues its upward trajectory, interest in healthier food options also increase while declining cocoa production may pose shortages, making it necessary to develop new markets and increase investments in scientific research, sustainable and innovative farming techniques and in supporting youth and community involvement in organic cacao farming.

      

     

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