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  When former child star Shirley Temple Black was appointed Ambassador to Ghana in 1974, she's reported to have said, "Mm, chocolate!" She may have had other things to say as well, but her enthusiasm might give you an idea of how important cocoa products are, and why there have been five consecutive international agreements about it (1972, 1975, 1980, 1986 and 1993).

  The agreements themselves aren't nearly as tasty as the products they discuss, but since the cultivation, production, marketing, distribution and sales of cocoa-related products is a transnational, multi-billion-dollar industry, the agreements strive to make the progress fair at every step along the way.

 Overall, the agreements focus on trying:
  • to develop and strengthen international cooperation in all parts of the world cocoa economy;
  • to help stabilize that market by taking steps to balance production and consumption, especially by assuring adequate supplies at reasonable prices that are fair to both producers and consumers;
  • to promote transparency in the workings of the world cocoa economy through the collection, analysis and dissemination of relevant statistics and the undertaking of appropriate studies;
  • to promote scientific research and developement in the field of cocoa; and
  • to set up an appropriate forum for discussing anything and everything related to the world cocoa economy.
  If eating a lot of chocolate makes you an expert, most of us are well qualified to take part in these forums—especially if taste-testing is required
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