Topics Archives: Asia

Interview with Smilja Lambert: Unstoppable Passion for Cocoa

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Smilja Lambert is the Cocoa Sustainability Research Manager for the Asia Pacific region. She is responsible for the Mars cocoa sustainability research projects in this region, focusing mainly in Indonesia, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and Philippines.

I got a chance to travel with Smilja in early April, and she is probably the idea travel companion you could ever imagine: with thousands of stories, great

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Improving Management of Cocoa Pod Borer- A regional workshop organized by Mars, ICCRI, ACIAR and WCF

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Demand for cocoa is soaring around the world – growing 2 to 3 percent each year. Perhaps nowhere is that growth stronger than in Asia, particularly in China and India.  Given the demand, the ability to grow cocoa locally in the South East Asia region is especially important.

One of the keys to improved yield and quality over the short-term in South East Asia

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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

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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

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Cocoa Development Centers in Vietnam – A Mars Signature Program to Support Farmers

Mars senior managers visit a cocoa farm in Vietnam Highlands

Hanoi, March 28th 2011: an innovative Public-Private Partnership Vietnam Networking Dinner was announced to support Vietnam in its’ development as a successful cocoa producing country. During a network dinner in the presence of HRH the Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his spouse Maxima, a Letter of Intent was signed for a partnership between the Dutch and Vietnamese ministries of Agriculture, Rabobank,

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