The Partnership Meeting is the largest of numerous events the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) holds each year to advance cocoa sustainability understanding, collaboration and programs.
About WCF WCF is an international membership foundation of more than 100 companies that promotes a sustainable cocoa economy by providing cocoa farmers with the tools they need to grow more and better cocoa, market it successfully, and make greater profits.
Net his firm dried 26 metric tons of cocoa beans in just two days last November (traditional drying can take two weeks).
Advocates say the reduction in drying time could help boost Uganda's cocoa exports.
Building on the first-ever cocoa science symposium held at The National Academies in 2004, today's symposium brought together a multi-disciplinary international group of scientists from the public and private sectors to review the most recent scientific advances related to cocoa - from its potential to improve public health to its role in preserving the tropical ecosystems where cocoa is grown.
This symposium highlights the surprisingly diverse and positive role that cocoa can potentially play in improving public health and reinvigorating endangered tropical ecosystems," said symposium co-chair Alan Bennett, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Plant Sciences at the University of California, Davis.
Karl "Kip" Walk, Director of Blommer's Cocoa Department further explained, "In Indonesia, more than 15,000 farmers benefited from SAFOB in 2007, the program's second year of operation.
CIFOB has started working with 15 cooperatives throughout the cocoa growing regions of Cote d'Ivoire.
17 /PRNewswire/ -- While a growing number of studies has shown a link between flavanol-rich cocoa
and cardiovascular health, scientists have now substantiated a causal relationship between specific compounds present in cocoa
and cardiovascular health.
The Mars-sponsored symposium was hosted by the Government of Ghana in collaboration with the Cocoa
Producers Alliance (COPAL), and co-sponsored by the governments of Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia and Togo.
Flavanols and Procyanidins (DP 1-10) in Cocoa
-Containing Ingredients and Products (publication in process)
May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientists have found that consuming cocoa
flavanols -- naturally occurring compounds in cocoa
-- may offer a benefit to those affected by type-2 diabetes.