Topics Archives: West Africa

Mars Chocolate to Donate $100,000 As Part of Industry Effort to Help Fight Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Mars Chocolate announced today that it is donating $100,000 as part of an industry-wide effort to help fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is organizing an effort among cocoa and chocolate companies who are interested in providing medical and humanitarian aid to those countries impacted by the Ebola virus outbreak.

“As an industry, we care very deeply about

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

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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),

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Mars Chocolate and ICRAF Workshop on Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus

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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

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Cocoa and Food Security

As many of us know, millions of small scale farmers in West Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia depend on cocoa for their household incomes and livelihoods. But is there a link between cocoa farming and food security? In our opinion, the answer is “yes” for several reasons.

First, as a perennial tree crop, good cocoa cultivation fosters crop diversity and the integration of

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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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