Increasing cocoa production in the Caribbean
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CTA. 1987. Increasing cocoa production in the Caribbean. Spore 9. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Once the largest producers of cocoa in the world Latin America and the Caribbean have been lagging behind West Africa for many years. Economic projections indicate that the market for chocolate will remain fairly stable and a small increase is even...
Once the largest producers of cocoa in the world Latin America and the Caribbean have been lagging behind West Africa for many years. Economic projections indicate that the market for chocolate will remain fairly stable and a small increase is even predicted. The Pan-American Development Foundation sponsored the 'Inter-American Cocoa Forum' in January 1987 to discuss the prospects for improving income for farmers in the cocoa belt of the Caribbean and Latin America. Although cocoa is a comparatively labour-intensive crop, it provides a reliable income for small-farm families. The product can be stored very easily with little loss of quality for at least six months. Furthermore, research is underway to make better use of the byproducts as livestock and poultry feed Participants at the forum urged that governments be made aware of the crop's potential to generate income, employment and foreign exchange and also recommended that lines of credit be made available to small and average-sized producers. They also encouraged the renovation of Caribbean cocoa plantations (many of which are poorly managed and have low-yielding trees) with plants that are resistant or tolerant to the most dangerous diseases. Improving production in this region depends largely on persuading decision makers that improved cultivation policies are worthwile.
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