Contributors Archives: Mars Policy Manager

A Commitment to the Future of Indonesian Cocoa

 

 

 

 

 

Bright waves of orange and black broke the green landscape on this sunny day in Tani Madiri Village.  I had arrived just in time for the ceremony and celebration called “Commitment for the Future,” and had a front row seat.  Eight teens – four gals and four guys – were performing at traditional harvest dance as the community was opening its first  cocoa nursery, in

Read more

Tagged as: | 3 Comments

Africa Fairtrade Convention

Performers at the Africa Fairtrade Conference

Efforts to increase collaboration between cocoa producers, international traders, partner organizations and policy makers took a major step forward during the second annual Africa Fairtrade Conventionin Accra, Ghana on November 23rd through 26th.  The convention, which has grown substantially in just a year under the leadership of Fairtrade Africa Chairman Yorokamu Abainenamar and Executive Director Michael Nkonu, provided an opportunity

Read more

Tagged as: | Leave a comment

Success Alliance for Cocoa in the Philippines

In June I had a wonderful opportunity to see the Success Alliance program in action on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines.  The program is run by ACDI/VOCA with the support of USAID and the World Cocoa Foundation, of which Mars is a member.  Broadly, Success Alliance works to enable farmers to create successful businesses around cocoa production, and this can include

Read more

Tagged as: | Leave a comment

Cocoa Fermentation I

Lots of people ask about cocoa bean fermentation, what is it and why is it necessary…. In short, fermentation is a very complex process, involving microbial activity acting on the cocoa pulp, changes in the internal cell structure and chemistry of the bean, and changes in the internal colour of the bean. The temperature and acidity generated in fermentation kills the cocoa bean, and

Read more

Tagged as: | Comments closed

Cocoa at the Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea Flower Show is one of the most prestigious and impressive flower shows in the world, and was visited by the Queen and President Obama during his visit to London. This year the University of Reading put on a display highlighting their cocoa research (part supported by Mars), into physiology, breeding, climate change, and pest and disease management. The University manages the only cocoa

Read more

Tagged as: | Comments closed

19th World Cocoa Foundation meeting

Cocoa pest and disease breakout group, World Cocoa Foundation meeting, San Francisco May 18th 2011

 

Read more

Tagged as: | Comments closed

19th World Cocoa Foundation meeting

World Cocoa Foundation meeting, San Francisco, May 18th 2011. Dr Wilbert Philips (CATIE), Belinda Quintanilla (Belinda Chocolatiere), Dr Martin Gilmour (Mars), and Dr Rina Sriwati (Syiah Kuala University) discuss approaches to managing cocoa pests and diseases in a breakout session.

 

Read more

Tagged as: | Comments closed

19th World Cocoa Foundation meeting

 
Participants at the opening of the 19th World Cocoa Foundation meeting in San Francisco, May 18th 2011. Around 200 cocoa stakeholders from industry, research, NGOs, and governments met for 2 days, to hear presentations and hold discussions on the theme of “celebrating the diversity of cocoa origins”. Mars associates Martin Gilmour, Jeff Morgan, Andrew Pedersen and Ed Seguine took part in the meeting.

 

Read more

Tagged as: | Comments closed

World Cocoa Foundation Partners Meeting in San Francisco

The last two days brought together a huge range of government officials, private companies and civil society groups for the biannual partners meeting of the World Cocoa Foundation in San Francisco.  This meeting focused on emerging cocoa origins, and Asia was a focus for many attendees.  Particularly interesting was a presentation by Swisscontact’s Manfred Boer on their 21 month, $7 million dollar PEKA Project

Read more

Tagged as: | 3 Comments

Thoughts on our Work in Cote d’Ivoire

Cocoa Farm

April 5, 2010 – As a member of the Mars Cocoa Sustainability Team, work in West Africa has always represented both a business and a personal challenge in terms of making significant and meaningful progress towards sustainability. Since our decision to focus greater effort in the world’s largest cocoa producer, Côte d’Ivoire, each of us has been determined to work in collaboration with the

Read more

Tagged as: | Comments closed