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Cocoa co-ordination


United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)


United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), American Cocoa Research Institute (ACRI), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate and Confectionery Alliance (BCCCA), Department for International Development (DFID), Association of chocolate, biscuit and confectionery industries of the European Union (CAOBISCO), Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE), University of Reading, Imperial College of Science and Technology, Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD), International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI), International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO)

Project Description

Problem/Issue. Co-ordination of all cocoa projects within CABI Bioscience into a Cocoa Programme.

Measures to Date. Since August 1999, there has been a Cocoa Co-ordinator with responsibility for co-ordination of all cocoa projects conducted by CABI Commodities (and partners) into a Cocoa Programme. The co-ordinator is also responsible for external liaison with donors, scientific partners and others. Projects within the Cocoa Programme are listed under Cocoa in the Commodities section of this website.

Project Activities. CABI Commodities has over 90 person years of experience of research on cocoa (Theobroma cacao) with staff expertise that ranges from biological control methods in the laboratory and field to molecular biology, from host resistance to expertise in the improvement of application and formulation of biopesticides against cocoa pests and pathogens. In addition, we have staff with considerable experience of farmer training methods. Current cocoa projects involve three of the five major cocoa pathogens (Black Pod, Frosty Pod and Witches Broom) whilst others are concerned with insect pests (mirids or capsids) and with farmer training in crop management.

Achievements So Far

In 2000, the value of cocoa projects co-ordinated by CABI Commodities amounted to US$1 million.

What Next

In 2001, in addition to our 'in-house' activities, CABI Commodities took an active role in co-ordinating all cocoa projects world-wide through the Global Cocoa Programme. The purpose of the Global Programme is to work in public/private partnerships, in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, for the creation of cocoa-based farming systems that are profitable and environmentally-friendly in the long term, in order to offer stable development prospects and effectively take action against poverty in the humid tropics. Co-ordination of the Global programme will continue to be undertaken in conjunction with CIRAD and IPGRI through the ICCO and the Cocoa Producer's Alliance. The Global Cocoa Programme will act as a forum for exchanging information on research and development work connected with sustainable cocoa cultivation, covering relevant technical, economical and sociological aspects.

Dr. Julie Flood (Co-ordinator) j.flood@cabi.org

Start date: Oct 1997

End date: Ongoing

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Contact CABI Commodities:
CABI Commodities Coffee Co-ordinator - Dr. Peter Baker - p.baker@cabi.org
CABI Commodities Cocoa Co-ordinator - Dr. Keith Holmes - k.holmes@cabi.org
CABI Commodities Project Administrator - cabi-commodities@cabi.org