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Chocolate from Togo, a touch of independence for Togo.
In Togo, about 60% of the population live in poverty, cocoa farmers are getting lower prices, they are dependent on the buyers, but they do not know that the "gold Togos" is growing on their own farm.
"Komi Agbokou" goes from village to village to ensure a new future for his country through chocolate production.
He says that when we launched the chocolate production plan, many people didn't believe us. Most of them made fun of us. People said we were crazy.
"Komi Agbokou" was trained in Italy and is a chocolate manufacturer and activist.
He returned to Togo with his mission to get his compatriots to turn their cocoa into the "gold of Togo, chocolate".
Komi explains that the price of cocoa is determined by "those who convert cocoa," which urges local farmers to sell their products at ever-lower prices, making cocoa trees and fruits "dead wood."
On his 600 km journey from north to south Togo, Komi struggles to change this, explaining to the small farmers the value of their products.

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Togo colonization 1883
Coffee precedes cocoa on the Gold Coast, where Chancellor Bismarck erected a protectorate over Togo in 1883. The following year, the German explorer Gustav Nachtigal signed a protectorate treaty 5 July 1884 on the beach of Baguida , with the chief Mlapa III of Togoville , who represents the local secular and religious authority. After that, the country is called Togo. In 1885, at the Berlin Conference, the Togolese coast was attributed to Germany, which in a few years annexed 85,000km with 2 territories and with an agreement of 24 December 1885, the future French Guinea in exchange for the task of the Villages Petit-Popo and Porto-Seguro through France.

In the meantime
Togolese coffee is growing rapidly: "From 130 kg in 1894 to 3,010 kg in 1897". The Germans built the port of Lomé, the Governor's Palace was built (1904) and founded a plantation economy in the Kpalimé region.

On November 26, 2019
the former colonial palace, the Palace of Lomé has been inaugurated as an art centre, to promote Togolese culture as well as local and international tourism.

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After renovation and restoration, the former Palace of the Governors became the Palace of Lomé.
The square, which was inaugurated on 26 November and was once forbidden to the public, is now freely accessible to Togolese and foreign visitors.
The institution, created by the will of the Head of State, Mr Faure E. Gnassingbé, and financed by Togo, is responsible for four missions:
Promoting national and pan-African art production, from visual arts to design through the new media, preserving the environmental location, promoting education for future generations and developing tourism and the capital's economy.
The colonial building, which has been transformed into an art and cultural centre, will become a centre of artistic appeal as well as a centre of the history of local and colonial cultures in order to regain the national heritage.

Five exhibitions to celebrate the inauguration
Every year, the institution organizes large exhibitions and live shows (concerts, shows, choreographic creations, performances). At the beginning, five exhibitions opened the cultural programme.

By May 2020, "Le Togo des Rois" will present royal objects, chiefs or traditional communities, some of which will be shown to the public for the first time outside their territory.

Two exhibitions show African artists:
"Infinity: Homage to Kossi Aguessy" shows the work of the Togolese exceptional designer, who died two years ago, until March 2020 and an exhibition of contemporary African art brings together works by visual artists from Togo, Benin, Ghana and Nigeria until next January.
Some exhibitions focus more on the history of Lomé and the creation of the institution.

By June 2020, "Lomé+" will offer visitors a journey through time by returning to the foundations of the city and then immersing themselves in fascinating devices that show what Lomé could become in 2050. The palace can also be seen in photography. Until next January, visitors can explore the history of the building from the works to its rebirth. In addition to investing in the palace, contemporary art also extends across the 11 hectares of the park to the sea.

Visitors can discover works such as Les Togolais, a group of monumental bronze sculptures made in France situ by Amouzou Glikpa or the marbles of the Council of Elders of Sadikou Oukpedjo.

Can chocolate really be fair?
Most chocolate manufacturers are now advertising sustainability with seals. But what do they really bring?
New figures show that, unfortunately, much less than necessary. Germans eat almost two bars of chocolate on average per week. This is more than nine kilograms per year. Manufacturers increasingly want to sell something for a good conscience with the sweet stuff and are increasingly printing seals on chocolate that promise fair conditions for cocoa farmers.
55 percent of the cocoa should be produced sustainably.

Source: Orange Handelsblatt
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Raw cocoa is very rich in magnesium, protects cells with important antioxidants and provides various ingredients. The calcium content in cocoa supports the transmission of muscle and nerve signals and strengthens the bones. It also promotes digestion, supports the production of various happiness hormones and lowers blood pressure. It relaxes the body and at the same time provides more concentration and energy.
It contains valuable flavonoids that lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and improve the processing of sugar in the body. Regular consumption of raw cocoa accelerates sugar metabolism, prevents severe blood sugar fluctuations and protects against cravings for sweets. This is especially beneficial for diabetics.
The chemical theobromine, which protects the body from colds, was discovered in raw cocoa. Theobromine blocks the action of sensory nerves, which trigger or amplify a cold. Especially the sensory nerves of the cough reflex are inhibited and coughing is relieved. Raw cocoa is said to have a stronger effect in the treatment of chronic cough than the drug codeine.
In the natural and untreated state, raw cocoa contains an abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fieber and unsaturated fatty acids.
Magnesium increases the strength of the heart muscle, lowers blood pressure and provides a rhythmic heartbeat. Raw cocoa contains numerous antioxidants. It contains more antioxidant flavonoids than many foods tested so far, including blueberries, red wine and green tea.
The raw cocoa beans are found in the cocoa fruits of the cocoa tree (Theobroma cacao). Three main types of cocoa beans can be distinguished, Forastero, Criollo and Trinitario. Forastero cocoa beans are most commonly used in global cocoa production.
A special variety is the mild variety Amelonado bred in Togo by German.
The cocoa fruit (cacoapods) is coated inside with a sweet pulp and contains 30 to 50 cocoa beans. During the harvest, the raw cocoa beans are soft and white, dark purple inside.

Raw cocoa beans are healthy
For most chocolate products, the cocoa bean is roasted at high temperatures, destroying many important nutrients.
Therefore, the raw the cocoa bean is in a chocolate product, the more valuable the nutrients it contains.


The Togolese Institute for Agricultural Research (ITRA) is a public agricultural science research institute based in Lomé, the capital of Togo.