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    Starter cultures backed for on-farm cocoa fermentation

    On-farm implementation of cocoa bean starter cultures could aid the production of chocolate with a more consistent flavour, according to a new study from a team Belgian researchers and Barry Callebaut. Read more

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    Barry Callebaut first to train cocoa farmers in Cameroon

    Barry Callebaut, manufacturer of cocoa and chocolate, has begun training members of five farmer cooperatives in the Central region of Cameroon to enable them to become independently certified by Rainforest Alliance. Read more

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    Barry Callebaut trains 50 cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire to be certified by Rainforest Alliance

    Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, has trained 15,000 cocoa farmers from 50 farmer cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire in sustainable cocoa production, enabling them to become independently certified by Rainforest…Read More »

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    Armajaro joins fight against child labour issues

    Armajaro Trading is showing ‘genuine commitment’ to cocoa labour issues by becoming the first cocoa trader to join the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), says the foundation. Read more

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    Encouraging Profitable, Sustainable, Cocoa Growing

    According to Bill Guyton, President of the World Cocoa Foundation, who visited IFC recently, cocoa is a potential economic engine in tropical rural areas, generating incomes and opportunities for farm families and communities. During his visit,…Read More »

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    Africa Grows Too Hot to Grow Chocolate

    Climate change could destroy West Africa’s cocoa farms, disrupting domestic and international economies, experts say.  By 2060, more than half of the cocoa-producing countries in the region may be too hot to grow the crop, according…Read More »

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    Hershey’s CocoaLink Program Supports Farmers in Ghana

    The Hershey Company, in association with the Ghana Cocoa Board and the World Cocoa Foundation, is running an innovative mobile telephony outreach program to benefit the cocoa growing farmers in Ghana. In its first year, CocoaLink,…Read More »

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    FG plans to boost cocoa output

    Nigeria’s Federal Government on Thursday announced plans to increase cocoa production as parts of its effort to restore the country’s lost glory in the production of the cash crop. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr…Read More »

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    June 2012 WCF/USDA Research Update

    The WCF/USDA Research Update is authored by Dr. Robert Lumsden. RESEARCH GROUPS: From Andrew Daymond: To all our cocoa colleagues, Please find the latest edition of the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre Newsletter:  ICQR June Newsletter. From Chris Turnbull,…Read More »

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    Hershey’s CocoaLink Mobile Phone Program Delivers 100,000 Farmer and Family Messages During First Year in Ghana

    Ghana cocoa farmers have received more than 100,000 messages related to better farming and family well-being during the first year of CocoaLink, a mobile phones outreach program, sponsored by The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY), the Ghana…Read More »

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