Yes it is, that beautiful ingredient that makes our live complete, cocoa. It grown all around the globe from Ghana to Ecuador, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameroon, Brazil, Indonesia, West Indies as well as many smaller growing countries. Cocoa is grown in Australia but on a very small scale in north east Queensland near the Daintree. A small company Daintree Estates grows their own cocoa to make chocolate. Most cocoa plantations will be found between the tropics near the equator and in coastal countries.
Ideal growing temperatures are between 18°C - 32°C. If the temperature is below 10°C for several nights in a row the yield is likely to be reduced. Cocoa will grow over 32°C but it may reduce yield and characteristics. For larger growing areas the average rainfall is 1250 - 3000mm annually. It cannot survive through a dry period longer than 3 months. Excessive amounts of rainfall can cause higher amounts of fungal diseases. The trees cannot handle wind very well, when they are young they can be bent and broken easily.
Cocoa provides jobs from harvesting to transporting. The list jobs includes; harvester, planters, pod splitters, bean driers, baggers and transporters.