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By Fast Company Staff | 04-22-2011 | 11:43 AM
Though Madagascar is the size of Texas, almost all cocoa farms are within a 50-kilometer radius along the Sambirano riverbed. (Its annual floods pull rich nutrients down to the soil.) Farmers use hooked tools called “lagafs”--sometimes attached to 20-foot poles--to pull ripe cocoa pods from trees.