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In this audio lecture, company executive John Kehoe, Vice President of Sourcing and Development at TCHO, San Franciso's only chocolate factory, talks about how the firm not only produces high-end chocolate products, but also helps farmers in developing countries. He discusses challenges...

In this presentation the roles and usages of bio gas, bio fertilizers, efficient transporting systems and less pacakging are discussed in relation to mitigate the negative environmental aspects of chocolate production.

This presentation focuses on generic agribusiness public-private-partnership models with a potential for sustainable implementation and the attainment of an agricultural transformation policy. Particular reference is amde to capacity building in the cocoa value chain.

An overview of the fine cocoa industries of Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago is presented. The cocoa industry structures of Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica are compared. New models for commercial success are discussed. Success stories from Grenada and St. Lucia are highlighted....

FarmForce is a mobile platform to support the integration of smallholder farmers into formal agro‐value chains. It can reduce transaction cost for contract farming, ensure compliance with food standards, provide traceability from the field, and improve agronomy at scale. Ultimately, it will link...

The impact of climate change on Indonesian cocoa productivity is discussed and strategies for adaptation are outlined. Both excessive rainfall and droughts are on the increase. Major factors include soil loss due to erosion, the development of pests and diseases, and poor been drying. Mitigation...

CocoaLink is a mobile technology service that delivers timely farming, social and marketing information to cocoa farmers in 15 communities in western Ghana to improve incomes and livelihoods. Cocoa farmers who subscribe to CocoaLink receive and share practical information via SMS text and voice...

Professor Thompson of the University of Trinidad and Tobago’s (UTT) Centre for Production Systems speaks in her presentation about entrepreneurship in cocoa farming with a role for agricultural research and innovation. An interdisciplinary approach is highlighted to aim for economically...

The fundamental research questions dealt with in this presentation are: what is required to efficiently and effectively increase the income of cocoa farmers and cocoa communities. And, how can this be done in an environmentally and socially responsible manner, and ensuring the competiveness of...

The viewpoints of a European, quality chocolate producer are presented. It is increasingly difficult to source high-quality cocoa. From early 2009 to late 2010 prices rose by about 24%. Better management could increase productivity by 10% immediately. The main producers are Ecuador, Papua New...

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