Cocoa beans produced in Vanuatu by World Vision-trained farmer Moli have been named in the top 50 in the world.
The Cocoa of Excellence Programme announced the top 50 cocoa bean samples for 2017 from those submitted from 40 countries.
Moli, 44, shared his excitement at hearing the news, "I was pruning my cocoa trees and heard the sound of a text message on my phone. It was from Sandrine Wallez, the Director of ACTIV Association (Alternative Communities Trade in Vanuatu). I read the text, which said my cocoa beans were in the top 50 in the world. I put down my phone and I cried. The news created a feeling in me of achieving self-reliance.”
International Cocoa Awards will be announced at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris, France on 30 October.