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Cocoa rehabilitation in Cote d’Ivoire: African agronomists trained on cocoa rehabilitation in Indonesia – Part 2

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As Mars Chocolate launches and grows its innovative Vision for Change cocoa sustainability program, we’re implementing new training programs to help African agronomists develop the necessary skills and knowledge for cocoa rehabilitation.

A team of Mars Chocolate technicians and I recently began training 13 Ivorian Read more

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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 teaching … Read more

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Cocoa rehabilitation in Cote d’Ivoire: African agronomists trained on cocoa rehabilitation in Indonesia

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The following blog post is from Hussin Purung, Mars Cocoa Sustainability Field Manager in Indonesia.

The West African cocoa industry is at a … Read more

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Mars Chocolate Announces Fairtrade International Agreement


The following post is authored by Alastair Child, Mars Global Chocolate Cocoa Sustainability Director.

Today’s announcement of Mars Chocolate’s first Fairtrade product marks an important milestone in our mission to deliver better tools and opportunities to farmers so they can grow more productive crops and build vibrant, sustainable livelihoods.

More than two years in the making, our agreement with Fairtrade International is part of our … Read more

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Champion Ghanaian Farmer visits M&M’S World London

 

When the London M&MS® World store hosted a champion Ghanaian cocoa farmer, both ends of the supply chain met for a successful connection.

Samuel Awuni stood in the middle of London’s M&M’S® World store—nearly 4,200 miles from the fields of his Ghana cocoa farm—in complete awe.  Surrounded by shoppers reveling in five stories of brightly colored candies and merchandise, Samuel had never … Read more

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Mars Chocolate Germany and UTZ Certified Visit Ghana Cocoa Farmering Schools

Visit to Ghana – Attending a farmer field school

Note: This post is authored by Nico Schiller, Corporate Affairs Manager at Mars Chocolate Germany

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Mars Chocolate Germany and UTZ Certified Visit Ghana Cocoa Farmers

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Visit to Ghana – Meeting tomorrow’s cocoa farmers

Note: This post is authored by Nico Schiller, Corporate Affairs Manager at Mars Chocolate Germany

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CacaoNet meeting on cocoa genetic resources

Cocoa genetic resources are kind of taken for granted in the cocoa world. Genetic resources include the wild, uncultivated, and uncollected varieties of cocoa still growing in the Amazon and Orinoco river basins, the original home of cocoa as well as the large collections of cocoa varieties which have been collected and are maintained in Trinidad (ICG,T) and Costa Rica (CATIE). These relatively uncharacterised varieties … Read more

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Mars Featured in IBM’s ‘Wild Ducks’ Film

Mars has partnered with IBM and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the sequencing of the cocoa genome and as a result IBM featured our strong partnership during their 100 year anniversary celebration.

On Thursday, June 16th IBM released a short film directed by an Academy Award winning director Davis Guggenheim called “Wild Ducks.” Following the theme of making the world a better place, … Read more

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Cocoa Fermentation II

Cocoa (Cacao) fermentation is critical to develop the precursors for cocoa flavour, brought out when the beans are roasted. Duing the process, there is lots of microbial activity, the pulp surrounding the beans drains away, acid is generated, the fermentation heap gets warm and the cocoa beans begin to germinate but are stopped by the acidity and heat. Fermented beans are no longer viable as … Read more

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