ICCO Development Projects

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), in cooperation with the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) and other institutions, develops and implements projects aimed at improving the structural conditions of cocoa markets and enhancing the long-term competitiveness and prospects in the world cocoa economy.

The International Cocoa Agreement (ICA), 2010 and its predecessors recognize the importance of research and development projects in safeguarding the future of the cocoa industry and in improving the social and economic welfare of the farmers.

The ICCO contributes to the strengthening of the national cocoa economies of its member countries, in particular through the preparation of appropriate projects submitted to the relevant institutions for financing and implementation.

The ICCO Secretariat hereby invites organizations and institutions in Member countries to submit project profiles or full project proposals for its consideration. Project profiles and proposals should be prepared using the Project Manual of the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC).

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ICCO Projects Status

Project title Location Status Brief Description
 
Promotion of cocoa consumption in Japan JAPAN Completed The project was designed to counteract the negative image of cocoa in Japan and to promote instead a positive image by increasing the awareness of the positive nutritional and health aspects of cocoa. The negative image was that cocoa, linked to its sugar content, was fattening and unhealthy. Read More
Project on Pilot Plants for the Processing of Cocoa by-Products in Ghana GHANA Completed  The overall objective of the project was to develop and transfer appropriate technologies for the commercial processing of cocoa by-products and cocoa wastes to improve the income-generating capacity of the cocoa industry in cocoa-producing countries countries. Read More
Cocoa germplasm utilization and conservation: a global approach BRAZIL,
CAMEROON,
CÔTE D'IVOIRE,
ECUADOR,
GHANA,
MALAYSIA,
NIGERIA,
PAPUA NEW GUINEA,
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO,
VENEZUELA
Completed  The project is aimed at the development and distribution of improved, pest and disease-resistant varieties of cocoa planting materials by making optimal use of cocoa germplasm which produces good-quality cocoa and achieves higher and sustainable production levels. Read More
Improvement of cocoa marketing and trade in liberalizing cocoa producing countries CAMEROON,
CÔTE D'IVOIRE,
NIGERIA
Completed  The aim of the project is to improve the functioning of cocoa markets. Read More
The use of molecular biology techniques in a search for varieties resistant to Witches’ Broom disease of cocoa BRAZIL,
ECUADOR,
PERU
Completed  This research and development project was aimed at developing and releasing new cocoa plant varieties which are more uniform, more productive and more tolerant to disease, particularly to witches’ broom. Read More
Study of the chemical, physical and organoleptic parameters to establish the difference between fine and bulk cocoa ECUADOR,
PAPUA NEW GUINEA,
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO,
VENEZUELA
Completed  The project aims to evaluate the characteristics of fine/flavour and bulk cocoas through a series of scientific evaluations of physical, chemical and organoleptic parameters, and to provide methodologies, standards and instruments for universal use in differentiating fine/flavour from bulk cocoa. Read More
Feasibility study on the generic promotion of cocoa consumption in the Russian Federation RUSSIAN FEDERATION Competed  The general objective of the project was to provide a basis for determining the feasibility, strategy and instruments for undertaking a generic-promotion campaign for cocoa in the Russian Federation. Read More
Supply chain management for total quality cocoa: pilot phase CÔTE D'IVOIRE Completed  The practical objective of the project is to broaden and increase the supply of cocoa beans of "liquor" quality and to bring about a general improvement in the quality of beans for the processing industry. Read More
Cocoa productivity and quality improvement: a participatory approach BRAZIL,
CAMEROON,
COSTA RICA,
CÔTE D'IVOIRE,
ECUADOR,
GHANA,
MALAYSIA,
NIGERIA,
PAPUA NEW GUINEA,
PERU,
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO,
VENEZUELA
Completed The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the welfare of the large number of smallholders cultivating cocoa through higher and sustainable productivity levels of good-quality cocoa at lower production costs. Read More
Pilot Project on Price risk management for cocoa farmers CÔTE D'IVOIRE Completed  The overall objective of the project is to reduce the exposure of smallholder cocoa farmers to fluctuations in world market prices. Read More
Analysis of the value chain in cocoa producing countries BRAZIL,
CAMEROON,
CÔTE D'IVOIRE,
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC,
ECUADOR,
GHANA,
NIGERIA,
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Terminated The ultimate objective of the analysis of the value chain is to improve insight into the net income derived by farmers and other stakeholders from cocoa cultivation and trade, and to enhance knowledge of the use of resources in cocoa production, trade and exporting.
Preventing and managing the global spread of cocoa pests and pathogens: lessons from the witches broom disease of cocoa CÔTE D'IVOIRE Completed The main objective of the project was to organize an international workshop to present the results of the Witches’ Broom project and to build consensus on the approach and contents of a worldwide initiative to address the threat and impact of the further spread of cocoa pests and pathogens. Read More
Capacity building programme on pesticides residues and other harmful substances in cocoa in Africa

CAMEROON,
CÔTE D'IVOIRE, GHANA,
NIGERIA,
TOGO

Completed The objective of the project was to review the existing Sanitary and Phytpsanitary Standards (SPS) practices along the cocoa supply chain and to establish the capacity of cocoa producing countries in Africa to meet the food safety regulations of cocoa consuming countries. Read More
Feasbility study on opportunities in organic cocoa production in Africa CAMEROON,
TOGO
Completed The feasibility study involved the analysis of the cocoa value chain, assessment of the current status and the opportunities for organic cocoa export including cost-benefit analysis of organic production and certification, and development of action plan for supporting organic export in selected areas, with selected producer groups and other stakeholders. Read More
Host plant resistance for sustainable cocoa pod borer management MALAYSIA,
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Completed The main project activities were to obtain the physical and morphological traits of cocoa pods of selected clones that could contribute to resistance to CPB; to determine the development, reproduction and survival of CPB of selected clones; to obtain information on the ovipositional preference of CPB in the laboratory and in the field; and to determine and evaluate the tolerance level of selected clones against CPB. Read More
Cocoa of excellence: promoting diverse high quality cocoa origins ALL COCOA PRODUCING COUNTRIES Completed The main project activities were: identification and acquisition of samples of promising cocoa origins; cocoa liquor, chocolate production and sample evaluation; cocoa flavour diversity celebration and attribution of awards at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris; and establishment of a global “Cocoa of Excellence) platform and dissemination of project results. Read More
SPS capacity building in Africa to mitigate the harmful effects of pesticides residues in cocoa and to maintain market access CAMEROON,
CÔTE D'IVOIRE, GHANA,
NIGERIA,
TOGO
Under implementation The overall objective of this project is to maintain market access for cocoa beans from Africa through capacity building in Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS), in order to produce good quality cocoa that complies with the relevant international regulations and legislations on pesticides residues and other harmful substances. Read More
Integrated Management of Cocoa Pests and Pathogens CAMEROON,
CÔTE D'IVOIRE, GHANA,
NIGERIA,
TOGO
Under Implementation The main goal of the project is to improve the productivity of cocoa farms by reducing losses to indigenous pests and diseases through awareness-raising and capacity building on Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Read More
"CocoaSafe": Capacity Building and Knowledge Sharing in SPS and Food Safety in Cocoa in South East Asia

INDONESIA, MALAYSIA AND PAPUA NEW GUINEA 

Awaiting Implementation The overall development objective of this project is to improve market access for cocoa from Asia through capacity building in SPS and food safety practices and compliance. Read More
Capacity Building on Price Risk Management Strategy for Cocoa Smallholder Farmers in Africa CAMEROON, NIGERIA, SIERRA LEONE AND TOGO Awaiting Implementation The overall objective of the project is to provide cocoa smallholder farmers with the capacity to tackle appropriately their exposure to cocoa price risk. Read More
Feasibility Study for the Development of a Commodity Exchange in Côte d'Ivoire CÔTE D'IVOIRE Awaiting Implementation The main objective of the project is to carry out a feasibility study in Côte d’Ivoire with a view to assessing the potential and possible conditions for the creation and operation of a commodity exchange, based on a warehouse receipt system. Read More

 

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