1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
To foster the relationship between research, industrial and production interests to facilitate the development and implementation of improved cacao production mechanisms. These approaches to improve cacao production envisioned by this agreement will promote the development of sustainable crop production strategies that will safeguard the supply of this vital raw material.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
The World Cocoa Foundation and its members actively promote sustainable cacao production through economic and social development and environmental conservation in cacao-growing communities. The project will emphasize the coordination of research approaches and attempt to promote cacao production by incorporating improved management strategies and cultural practices, and through the optimization and use of cacao genetic diversity. The agreement will promote international partnerships and cooperation with the USDA-ARS. This agreement will also provide a forum for interactions between researchers industry members and cacao producers so that immediate research needs can be addressed.
This new agreement provides a key link to U.S. and international stakeholders, through quarterly roundtable meetings, the annual WCF Partnership meeting in Washington, D.C. and through special events such as “Chocolate in the Rainforest” at the U.S. Botanical Gardens. This agreement also provides a link to the WCF/FAS Borlaug initiative, as well as other donor groups, which broadens our connection to International collaborators through capacity building programs. This new agreement follows a previous agreement with this organization and was implemented in January 2012.