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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

The Origin Chocolate Event takes place in seven halls of the beautiful Royal Tropical Institute. You can experience, taste and learn about all...

Wednesday, 07 June 2017

The new organization will create a single agriculture sustainability standard, it will simplify the certification process and continue to improve...

Thursday, 09 June 2016

On 22-25 May 2016 the 3rd World Cocoa Conference took place in The Dominican Republic. Over 1300 participants from 64 countries attended the...

Wednesday, 08 June 2016

An International Cocoa Research Network and Conference
Meeting notes, Bavaro Dominican Republic, 26 May 2016

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Amsterdam, 29 april 2016

Vandebron laat iedereen zelf 100% duurzame energie kopen van onafhankelijke producenten, zoals boeren met een...

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

The department of Food Science and Technology of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partnership with the Cocoa Processing...

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

• Pattern of volatile substances traceable to region
• Method usable in fraud...

Thursday, 07 April 2016

Strengthening position of farmers in cocoa value chain

The DFFS provides an alternative interface for interactions between farmers,...

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Join us at CMT’s 2nd Cocoa Revolution in Ho Chi Minh, 9-11 March 2016 for the honored address by Laurent Pipitone, Director of the Economics and...

Monday, 04 January 2016

Can you imagine a world without chocolate? No? But will it always be available and what are the challenges the makers face today? And did you know...

Update on the projects financed by the Buffer Stock Fund

The Buffer Stock Fund is a subsidy provided by the former Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food (Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit - LNV) to stimulate the sustainable development of the cocoa and chocolate sectors for a period of four years (January 2004 to December 2007). This subsidy was derived from the Dutch part of the revenues generated through the sale of the cocoa buffer stock. This stock has been accumulating since 1974, when the Netherlands became involved in several International Cocoa Agreements. The rationale behind this stock was that by jointly buying or selling cocoa countries would be able to maintain a stable price on the world market. Because of the limited effect of this system and the liberalisation of trade, it was decided to liquidate the stock in 1993.

The total subsidy of 12 million Euro has benefited 22 different projects in both consumer and production countries (such as Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, and Papua New Guinea). Types of activities eligible for this subsidy include research and development; general information supply; education, training and technical assistance; and investment. 

The allocation of the subsidy was in the hands of a steering committee of experts from the Dutch cocoa sector. The approved projects sought to contribute to the sustainable development of the sector and to foster capacity and institution building in countries of origin; system, process, or product innovations that contribute to strengthening the economic structure of the sector or the improvement of the quality of products; improvement in the wellbeing of employees working in the cocoa sector in origin countries and their families and reduction of the environmental impact of the sector. 

The following table gives an overview of the projects that were subsidized under this scheme. For most of the projects an update of their status and outcomes is available: 

Pest, diseases and invasive species        
University of Wales
Confronting the Threat of Cocoa Pod Borer (CPB) to Cocoa in Papua New Guinea
Cocoa Association of Asia and CABI International
ASEAN Cocoa Club and University of Reading in UK
Optisense Ltd.
European Cocoa Association (ECA)
European Cocoa Association (ECA), CAOBISCO and CABI   
Breeding, cultivation and harvesting
Sustainable Cocoa Production through Improved Understanding of Seasonal Variability in Quality, Yield and Disease Resistance
Cocoa Research Ltd.
Follow up project:
Mondelez, Government of the Netherlands
The Ghana Cocoa Growing Research Association (GCGRA)                
Cocobod, CRIG, Cocoa Research (UK) Ltd, GCGRA, MArs       
Biscuit Cake Chocolate & Confectionary Association (BCCCA)                        
Cargill, Brazil
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Sustainable Tree Crop Program (STCP)  
Rural development
European Institute for Co-operation and Development (IECD) and the Dutch Cocoa Industry
Instituto Floresta Viva and Ceplac
Upgrading of the Upstream Cocoa Trade in Cameroon by Means of Sustainable Chain Management
ISCOM in co-operation with ADM and Masterfoods
Market access
European Cocoa Association and Coabisco
Amsterdam Ondernemersvereniging Regio Amsterdam (ORAM)
Chocolate production
Barry Callebaut and NIZO
The University of the West Indies in Trinidad
Association for Bakery and Sweets Industry in the Netherlands
Roundtable for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy
International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)
University of Reading and Biscuit Cake Chocolate & Confectionery Association (BCCCA)
Cocoa Research Association (CRA) and Biscuit Cake Chocolate & Confectionary Association (BCCCA)  



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