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Cocoa Academy: Indonesia’s Cocoa Doctor Robin

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Robin is one of the first cocoa doctors to graduate from the Cocoa Academy. In 2010, when he brought back the grafting technique to Mayoa village, it was still a very new concept to most of the cocoa farmers. With a 95% guaranteed survival rate and the pioneer advantage of setting a relatively higher price (budwood at $0.3 USD each, grafting service at $

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Two Years of Progress in Petit Bondoukou

Pic Barry Parkin Petit Bondoukou Grafted Tree

Traveling to cocoa growing communities around the world has long been an important part of my job, and though it involves a lot of time in airplanes throughout the year, there’s just no substitute for seeing our projects in person and meeting the people involved.

On Sunday, November 18, I met with the chief and other leaders of Petit Bondoukou, one of the first

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US Ambassador Carter Visits Mars CDC at Petit Bondoukou

US Ambassador Carter Visits Mars CDC at Petit Bondoukou

 

U.S. Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire Philip Carter III paid a special visit to our local cocoa partners on the ground in Petit Bondoukou.  A team of us from Mars Chocolate joined Mr. Carter, his wife and the 3rd Secretary of the Embassy on the visit last week to discuss ways farmers can use enhanced technology to improve quality cocoa production. Two key

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

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 agronomists at Mars Cocoa Development Centers in Sulawesi, Indonesia, where we are developing farming practices to help address

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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 crossroads.  Two million cocoa farmers are cultivating six million hectares of cocoa – most of which is on aging, declining farm land.  With no new land available for new farms, the African cocoa industry must rehabilitate

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