Author Archives: Smilja Lambert

Visits from Pacific region to the Mars Cocoa Development Center in Sulawesi to learn about sustainable cocoa farming techniques

Making the cocoa business sustainable means more than just coming up with the right farming techniques; it also means teaching those techniques to farmers and suppliers up and down the supply chain. Agricultural innovations are useless if businesses don’t know how to implement them.

In Sulawesi we’ve been very busy teaching cocoa agronomists and suppliers from around the world about our methods of cocoa

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Mars hosts workshop to improve cocoa quality in Vietnam

Over the last 11 years, a viable cocoa industry has begun to take shape in Vietnam and Mars was involved with this development since the beginning.  Last year, the nation exported about 3,000 tons of fermented cocoa.  We’ve been working closely with the Vietnam Cocoa  Development projects and cocoa farmers in Vietnam during these years to test and define the best cocoa fermentation and

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Regional Cocoa Breeders Group Makes Progress

The Regional Cocoa Breeders Group is a collaboration of regional Asia/Pacific cocoa breeders in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and India.  The group meets to address improving planting materials for cocoa farmers. A majority of collaborators are the national cocoa research institutes or universities responsible for cocoa research in each region.

The Regional Cocoa Breeders Group first met in Singapore in 2004,

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