Topics Archives: Research

African Cocoa Breeders Working Group (ACBWG) meets in Reading UK in October

ACBWG

With support from MARS, Inc. and the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), the African Cocoa Breeders Working Group (ACBWG) met in Reading, U.K. from October 14-18 to discuss progress made by regional projects originally launched through this collaborative network.

Breeders from Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo met with scientists from the University of Reading, the International Center for Agricultural Research and Development (CIRAD),

Read more

Tagged as: | Leave a comment

Cacao’s Genetic Diversity

Martin Gilmour, Cocoa Sustainability Research Director of Mars Chocolate, co-authored an Executive Perspective at Thomson Reuters with Stephan Weise, Deputy Director General Research of Bioversity International about the importance of genetic diversity in cocoa as a part of cocoa sustainability.  The article discusses why the genetic diversity of cacao is essential part of farmer productivity:

90% of the global supply of cocoa comes from

Read more

Tagged as: | Leave a comment

Interview with Smilja Lambert: Unstoppable Passion for Cocoa

Smilja photo 07-10-13

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

Read more

Tagged as: | Leave a comment

Mars Chocolate and ICRAF Workshop on Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus

Mars Workshop 4

Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus (CSSV) has wreaked havoc on cocoa crops throughout  much of West Africa and continues to inflict serious economic and human hardship in cocoa-growing countries.  As part of our research and collaborative efforts to better manage and combat this disease, Mars Chocolate and ICRAF recently held a regional workshop on CSSV in Accra, Ghana.

The weeklong workshop brought together more than

Read more

Tagged as: | Leave a comment

Cocoa Productivity and Quality Improvement

With cocoa demand up, yields down and a shortage of new land to farm, cocoa research is critical to improving African, Asian and S. American cocoa farmer livelihoods through higher-quality and more productive crops.

My team and I recently participated in and helped fund a significant global research initiative that spanned multiple continents. The effort involved a dozen participating countries, industry leaders like us,

Read more

Tagged as: | Leave a comment

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

Read more

Tagged as: | Comments closed

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

Read more

Tagged as: | Leave a comment

Cocoa Research at the University of Reading

This is a copy of the leaflet handed out at the Chelsea Flower Show, from the University of Reading’s award winning exhibition on cocoa. Its a summary of the research supported by Mars and others at Reading on germplasm movement, climate change effects, physiology and managing pests and diseases.

Chelsea Reading leaflet

Read more

Tagged as: | Comments closed

Partnership to Save Cocoa and Help Farmers

Cocoa-Pods-and-Cocoa-Beans

Back in 2008, Mars announced plans to “unlock” the cacao genome to better understand the plant, improve its quality, and bolster its production. Mars and its partners – USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and IBM – said it wouldn’t be done until 2012. Well, three years early, help is on the way for 6.5 million cocoa farmers and the 40-50 million people who rely

Read more

Tagged as: | Comments closed