Topics Archives: Witches' Broom

Mars to Help Bahia Continue Its Economic and Social Recovery

In the 1980s, Bahia, Brazil was one of the largest cocoa producers in the world, producing over 300,000 tons per year. However, in 1989, a fungal disease, called “Witches’  Broom”, ravaged the area and in 3 years total yearly production would be down by over 30%.

This fungus devastated Bahia—leaving 200,000 people unemployed, there was social unrest and a destroyed economy.  For the next

Read more
Topics: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Read more
Topics: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment