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Sustainable cocoa - a matter of taste?, Laven, Anna, and van der Kooij Susanne , Origin Chocolate Event, 10/2013, Royal Tropical Institute , (2013) Sustainable cocoa - a matter of taste.pdf (1.17 MB)

Presentation held at the Origin Chocolate Event (23 of October, 2013, Royal Tropical Institute of Amsterdam) by Anna Laven and Susanne van der Kooij. The presentation shows the learning process about fine or flavour chocolate, its chain and its sustainable characteristics.

Cocoa farmers can make an important contribution to the preservation of biodiversity. Areas where cocoa is produced can for example act as a buffer for – or corridor between – nature reserves. Farmers do not receive a reward for such ecosystem services, however. This is a missed opportunity....

Although cocoa productivity has recently been increasing in Ghana, it is still low compared with that of other countries such as Cote d’Ivoire and Malaysia. This situation has been attributed to the low adoption of cocoa production technologies. The study was aimed at analysing the yield gap as...

The influence of soil fertility on the performance of any crop cannot be overemphasized. The study assessed cocoa farmers’ training needs on soil management techniques in Cross River State of
Nigeria. Study data were obtained from random sample of farmers belonging to Cocoa Farmers...

This baseline survey has gathered detailed data on conditions and challenges faced by a large sample of cocoa farmers. The goal of the survey was to measure economic and social indicators before the implementation of the key components of the CCP program to enable later comparisons with data...

The study sought among other things to examine the detailed map of Ghana’s cocoa value chain (GCVC), the major constraints and opportunities to growth and expansion of GCVC, and proposes strategies to at least mitigate the identified constraints. Questionnaires were used to collect primary data...

This study solves for the optimum replacement rate (ORR) and initial replacement year (IRY) of cocoa trees (Theobroma cacao) in Ghana to maximize net present value and achieve steady state by employing a phased replanting approach. The annual ORR is 5%–7% across the three production systems...

The study assessed the perception of farmers on the awareness, causes and impact of climate change on their farming activities. The study further identifies and describes the various coping strategies adopted by farmers
and ways of improving upon them to effectively tackle change in...

The “witch broom disease” caused by the fungus Moniliophtora perniciosa drastically reduced cocoa production in Southern Bahia (Brazil), and cloning techniques has been used with trees that showed resistance to the fungus. On the other hand, the genotype, agronomic management, soil and weather...

Despite the fact that some efforts have been made to increase cocoa production in Nigeria, farmers are still producing below expected cocoa production figure due to old and moribund cocoa trees. This studyassesses the factors affecting adoption of cocoa farm rehabilitation techniques in Oyo...

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