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Cocoa Production and Related Social-Economic and Climate Factors: A Case Study of Ayedire Local Government Area of Osun State, Nigeria, Adeniyi, O. R., and Ogunsola G.O. , Agricultural Science , 06/2014, Volume 2, Issue 4, Nigeria, p.13, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Cocoa agroforestry a bridge for sustainable organic cocoa Production, Nunoo, Isaac, and Owusu Victor , 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference, 10/2014, Istanbul, Turkey, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Cocoa Fertilizer Forum, World Cocoa Foundation, and Initiative IDH - sustaina , 10/2014, Copenhagen, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Official report of the Second World Cocoa Conference, 9-13 June 2014, Amsterdam, , World Cocoa Conference , 10-2014, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Improving Productivity and Alleviating Poverty by Acknowledging the Role of Women - Poster presented at the WCC 2014, , World Cocoa Conference 2014, 06/2014, Amsterdam, (2014) , (Practical Publication)

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TitleA Global Strategy for the Conservation and Use of Cacao Genetic Resources as the Foundation for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsLaliberté, B., Cryer N.C., Daymond A.J., End M.J., Engels J., Eskes B., Gilmour M., Lachenaud P., Phillips-Mora W., Turnbull C.J., Umaharan P., Zhang8 D., and Weise S.
Conference Name17th International Cocoa Research Conference, Yaoundé, Cameroon, 15-20 October 2012.
Date Published10/2012
Conference LocationCameroon
Publication LanguageEnglish
Keywordscacao genetic diversity, genebank, genetic resources, global strategy, sustainable cocoa

The future of the world cocoa economy depends on the availability of genetic diversity and the sustainable use of this broad genetic base to breed improved varieties. Decreasing cacao genetic diversity (in situ, on-farm and conserved in collections) is a serious problem and all its many causes need to be urgently addressed. A considerable portion of the global cacao diversity is in situ, in farmers’ fields and held in genebanks around the world, including two international collections maintained at the Cocoa Research Unit of the University of the West Indies (CRU/UWI), Trinidad and Tobago, and at the Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE), Costa Rica. Unfortunately, much of the genetic resources maintained in national collections is under-used or at risk, and funding remains insufficient and unstable.

The Global Strategy, developed by the Global Network for Cacao Genetic Resources (CacaoNet), is the result of a consultation process that drew upon the global cocoa community’s expertise in all aspects of cacao genetic resources.The specific goal is to optimize the conservation and maximize the use of cacao genetic resources as the foundation of a sustainable cocoa economy. This it does by bringing together national and international players in public and private sectors. The expected outputs are: (1) the cacao genepool is conserved in situ and ex situ for the long term by a global network of partners, (2) the global system for the safe exchange of cacao germplasm is strengthened, (3) the use of cacao genetic diversity is optimized and (4) the effectiveness of global efforts to conserve and use cacao genetic resources is assured. To ensure these outputs are implemented, the first and urgent task will be to secure funding for the existing cacao genetic diversity currently maintained in ex situ collections and accessible in the public domain. CacaoNet will work towards the establishment of an endowment fund for the conservation and use of the most valuable resources in perpetuity.


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