For The Future Of Cocoa 

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There are more than 1 million cocoa farming families in Indonesia and the vast majority are struggling to make a living due to the high incidence of pests and diseases, aging trees, poor soil management and insufficient technical knowledge about how to manage their farms for maximum productivity and environmental sustainability.

Fortunately, thanks to the work of agencies like the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the Indonesian Cocoa Research Institute (ICCRI), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the USDA, USAID, the World Cocoa Foundation, the Indonesian Cocoa Association (ASKINDO) and companies like Mars, Incorporated, there are well recognized and agreed best practice solutions to all of these problems and a network or demonstration and training capabilities that farmers can access to get help.

The current challenge is how to engage the very large number of needy cocoa farmers, to get them to the demonstration and training sites, show them what they can do to overcome their problems and help them get back on their feet managing truly sustainable cocoa farms into the future.


 

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