"Then, in the 20th century, there was oil. Dictators came and went. Venezuela, despite its vast fertile lands, became a net food importer. The legendary strongman Juan Vicente Gómez seized cacao plantations in this forest and made them part of his personal empire." (Thanks D.)
A story of cacao in Venezuela fom the NYT. So the Chavez goverment does not make the life of the big producers easy. So it prefers supporting the production of food for local consumption rather than that of specialty cacao destined for the delicate palates of the European gourmets. So it goes lightly on those landless people who squat on rich people's lands. So what?