With the objective of helping all the actors in the supply chain to adapt and overcome threats to sustainable cocoa and coffee production, we make this page available as a continuously growing library of the work of the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT related to coffee and cocoa crops.

 

Chen and the Chocolate Factory

Chen Mei-Feng is a cocoa farmer from Pingtung County, Taiwan. She is also one of 50 winners of the 2019 Cocoa of Excellence (CoEx) Award, a competition led by the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT to promote diverse, fine flavour cocoa worldwide. 

 

Collaboration for the future of coffee and cocoa

A recent webinar brought together ambassadors, researchers, industry specialists, and a farmer to explore challenges and possibilities for two of the world’s favorite crops: coffee and cocoa. Coffee and chocolate: where would we be without them?

 

Gobierno de Ucayali, en Perú, adoptará las estrategias para el fortalecimiento de las cadenas de cacao, chocolate y palma aceitera construidas junto a la Alianza para actualizar sus instrumentos de gestión territorial.

 

For Latin American coffee growers, climate change is now

EL DOVIO, Colombia – Alonso Carmona is running out of mountain. His coffee trees cover the highest reaches of his steeply sloping farm – but warming weather, bad prices and crop disease threaten to put that part of his farm out of business for good.

Webinar: How do you like Cocoa and Coffee?

Saving crops, protecting culture, sustaining livelihoods. The Italian Permanent Representation to the UN Agencies in Rome, the Permanent Representation of Switzerland to the UN Agencies in Rome and the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT are pleased to invite you to the webinar “How do you like Cocoa and Coffee? Saving crops, protecting culture, sustaining livelihoods.”

Can cocoa save Colombia’s forests?
Alliance research in Colombia indicates that cacao farming has a role to play in forest restoration and sustainable value chain development.Last year, a study led by Augusto Castro-Nuñez explored the links between cacao cultivation and deforestation in Colombia.

Global Network for Cacao Genetic Resources

CacaoNet aims to optimize the conservation and use of cacao genetic resources, as the foundation of a sustainable cocoa economy (from farmers through research to consumers), by coordinating and strengthening the conservation and related research efforts of a worldwide network of public and private sector stakeholders.

Cocoa of Excellence Programme

The Cocoa of Excellence (CoEx) Programme is the entry point for cocoa-producers to participate in the International Cocoa Awards (ICA), a global competition recognizing the work of cocoa farmers and celebrating the diversity of cocoa flavours. A unique opportunity to promote high-quality cocoa and diversity at national level and celebrate the skills and know-how of the men and women who produce it.

Supporting Farmers and Chocolate Companies on the Implementation of the EU Cadmium Regulation

We are now almost a year into the European Union (EU) regulation that has established new guidelines for how much cadmium is allowed in chocolate and cocoa powder sold to final consumers in the EU. The biggest impact is felt by smallholder farmers, cooperatives, and exporting companies of specialty beans and powder in South America. 

Risk Diagnosis 

Diagnose and mitigate vulnerabilities in the supply chain. Ensure continuity and sustainability of your supply despite challenges like climate change and competing land uses.

Some key products in this section (click to see more):

Atlas: Climate Change Impacts on Cocoa Production in Central America and the Caribbean
English / Spanish

The economic case for climate action in West-African cocoa production. Adapting cocoa production in Ghana to climate change is a smart investment.
English

 

The economic case for climate action in West-African cocoa production. Adapting cocoa production in Ivory Coast to climate change is a smart investment.
English

Cadmium in cacao from Latin America and the Caribbean: A review of research and potential mitigation solutions
English / Spanish

 

Locally Relevant Action

Locally acceptable business cases for sustainable agricultural practices depend on the context of the farm and farmer characteristics. Awareness of risks, returns and uncertainties from the smallholder perspective enables supply chain improvements that are sustainable and create impact.

Some key products in this section (click to see more):

Climate-smart coffee in Uganda
English

Achieving climate-smart coffee in East Africa
English

 

Carbon assessment for cocoa (Theobroma cacaoL.) cropping systems in Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
English

Exploring adaptation strategies of coffee production to climate change using a process-based model
English

Supply Chain Alignment

Enable transparent and innovative supply chains able to take evidence-driven sustainability actions with technological advances in R&D.

Some key products in this section (click to see more):

Sustainable land use systems: A way to help achieve Colombia’s climate change mitigation and peacebuilding goals
English / Spanish

Recommendation domains to scale out climate change adaptation in cocoa production in Ghana
English

Website: Climate Smart Coffee Guide
English

Website: Climate-smart Cocoa Guide
English

On the media

Blogs in English

Coffee & Cocoa | CIAT Blog Science to Cultivate Change

Blogs en español

Café y Cacao | CIAT Blog Science to Cultivate Change

Meet the team

Alessandro Craparo

Climate Services for perennials

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Christian Bunn

Scaling adaptation

Twitter: bunn_coffee
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Eric Rahn

Crop modeling

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Louis Reymondin 

Deforestation monitoring, reforestation prioritization and commodity attribution
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Mark Lundy

Sustainable food Systems
Twitter: markincolombia
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Mayesse Da Silva

Soil mapping

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Mirjam Pulleman 

Healthy soils for resilient cocoa
Twitter: MirjamPulleman
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Tiffany Talsma

Private Sector decision support

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