International Symposium set to focus on cocoa research

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The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) is organizing the International Symposium on Cocoa Research (ISCR 2017) to take place in Lima, Peru, 13 – 17 November 2017, in conjunction with the Government of Peru.

With the theme Promoting Advances in Research to Enhance the Profitability of Cocoa Farming, the International Symposium aims to review recent advances in technology and innovations, share information and agree on common strategies with the goal of accelerating the development of the world cocoa sector.

The Symposium is expected to attract scientists, researchers and policy makers, as well as representatives from the trade and industry, development agencies and civil society, from all over the world.

Peru, with its rich heritage of growing fine and flavour cocoa, as well as having one of the world’s highest growth rates in cocoa production, is an ideal place to hold the Symposium.

The Symposium aims to provide a platform for the cocoa community and scientists involved in cocoa research to brainstorm on the latest findings, foster greater collaboration in this area, and agree on priorities for collective action.

Included among the thematic areas to be covered by the papers at the Symposium, will be cocoa genetics and breeding; cocoa agronomy, agroforestry and physiology; cocoa pests and diseases; environmental issues in the cocoa sector; cocoa quality, flavour, chocolate manufacturing, consumption and food safety; cocoa marketing and socio-economic analysis; and adoption of technologies and efficient utilization of results from cocoa research.

Researchers on cocoa-related topics from the public and private sectors are invited to submit abstracts, beginning on 1 May, via the ISCR website.