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Research Needs for Sustainable Cocoa Production in Ghana

Understanding the complexity of sustainable cocoa: Low cocoa productivity, poor livelihoods of cocoa farmers and a negative impact on ecosystems have led to a global realisation that cocoa production should be made more sustainable. In the previous years, many new projects have been established...


"The National Committee for Monitoring Actions against Trafficking, Exploitation and Child Labour of the Ivorian authorities presented its 2015-2017 National Action Plan in Abidjan on the 15th of December. With a global cost of 12 920 296 600 CFA or $ 21 million, this plan will be funded mainly...

Sustainability of international Dutch supply chains: Progress, effects and perspectives

Dutch trade has become ever more sustainable, over the last years. The sustainable market
share was able to soar, also because of the efforts by social organisations, consumers
and the business community. Dutch market parties voluntarily have been contributing
to the...

Crops & soil - international research institutes

On this page you will find an overview of international research institutes that mainly conduct fundamental research on topics like genetic modification, resistent cocoa varieties, soil fertility, and more.

First Conference on Economics and Politics of Chocolate

The Conference on the Economics and Politics of Chocolate was the first ever social science conference on topics related to chocolate. The conference was held from 16th to 18th of September 2012 in Leuven, Belgium.

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is an alliance driven by the vision of a world without malnutrition. Created in 2002 at a Special Session of the UN General Assembly on Children, GAIN supports public-private partnerships to increase access to the missing nutrients in diets...

Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI)

The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform was created by the food industry to actively support the development of and to communicate worldwide about sustainable agriculture involving the different stakeholders of the food chain. Members include major cocoa buyers such as Nestlé, ECOM...

Consultative Board on the World Cocoa Economy (documents)

The Consultative Board on the World Cocoa Economy was inaugurated in December 2003 in order to encourage the active participation of experts from the private sector in the work of the Organization and to promote a continuous dialogue among experts from the public and private sectors. Since its...

Fair Labor Association

As a collaborative effort of socially responsible companies, colleges and universities, and civil society organizations, FLA creates lasting solutions to abusive labor practices by offering tools and resources to companies, delivering training to factory workers and management, conducting due...

The Cocoa Merchants' Association of America, Inc. (CMAA)

The principal objects of the Association are to foster trade and welfare of the cocoa beans and cocoa products industry in the United States; to obtain for its membership the benefits to be secured by friendly intercourse among those engaged in importing and trading in cocoa beans and cocoa...



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