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­Nicaraguan Cacao Already Turned Many Chocolate Makers Into Award Winners. What Makes Certain Nicaraguan Cacao So Special?

­NICARAGUAN CACAO ALREADY TURNED MANY CHOCOLATE MAKERS INTO AWARD WINNERS. WHAT MAKES CERTAIN NICARAGUAN CACAO SO SPECIAL?

Nicaragua: A Land of Flavour Diversity With a yearly production of around 10,000 tonnes, cacao is small beer in the Nicaraguan economy. Especially compared to coffee of which the country produces some 140,000 tonnes per…

New Series! Running A Tree To Bar Business: Prime Cacao – The Inside Story

NEW SERIES! RUNNING A TREE TO BAR BUSINESS: PRIME CACAO – THE INSIDE STORY

Tuta and Juliana Aquino are Brazilian natives that own and run a Cacao Origin located in the State of Bahia-Brazil, where they produce specialty cacao beans since 2016 with a small yearly production of 20…

Spidtech Identifies Pests With Your Smartphone Camera

SPIDTECH IDENTIFIES PESTS WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE CAMERA

SPIDTECH, an app that collects data from users to analyse and create a map showing the distribution of pests and plant diseases in different parts of the Philippines, includes remote monitoring. This feature is valuable…

Research Reveals Potential Reductions Of Lead And Cadmium In Cocoa Trees

RESEARCH REVEALS POTENTIAL REDUCTIONS OF LEAD AND CADMIUM IN COCOA TREES

Cadmium and lead in Cocoa is a serious problem which we have written about before when the ICCO planned research, and when the IAEA became involved in helping to track the movement of heavy metals…

Koa’S Economic Operating Model In Ghana

KOA’S ECONOMIC OPERATING MODEL IN GHANA

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series KOA’S BUSINESS EXPLOITS IN THE GHANAIAN COCOA SECTOR

During my master’s Thesis in 2019, I reflected on almost all the known initiatives the Ghana Government and industry stakeholders announced to have implemented to address the livelihood changes of smallholder farmers. I concluded that:…

Côte D’Ivoire And Ghana Expect Lower Yields As Fertiliser Becomes Unaffordable

CÔTE D’IVOIRE AND GHANA EXPECT LOWER YIELDS AS FERTILISER BECOMES UNAFFORDABLE

Cocoa farmers in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire are likely to suffer poor yields as they cannot afford the cost of fertilizer, reports Reuters. The price has doubled and, in some cases, tripled from a year…

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