Topics Archives: Innovative Cocoa Breeding Program

Interview with Smilja Lambert: Unstoppable Passion for Cocoa

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.

Smilja Lambert, Cocoa Sustainability Research Manager

I got a chance to travel with Smilja in early April, and she is probably the idea travel companion you could ever

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Cocoa Breeding to Enhance Production and Combat Disease in Ecuador

Ecuador has a unique, rich 400-year history of cocoa farming, and great strides are currently underway to enhance production and combat diseases in this country that together with Peru, features the most diverse cocoa genetic diversity in the world.

Mars Chocolate, in partnership with the INIAP – the national research institute of Ecuador – is investing in an innovative cocoa breeding program that will

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