The objective of Clima Low Cadmium project (Clima-LoCa) is to foster the development, implementation and scaling of low cadmium and climate-relevant production practices and innovations that fit the diverse contexts of smallholder cocoa production, there by contributing to resilient, competitive and inclusive cocoa value chains and reduced vulnerability of smallholder cocoa producers in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru to the impacts of new food safety regulation and climate change.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Clima-LoCa is a regional project led by CIAT, and implemented with research partners from LAC and Europe under the Bioversity-CIAT Alliance and funded by the European Commission. The project contributes to the objectives of the 2018 call for “Climate-Relevant Innovation through Research in Agriculture” of the EC-led platform DeSIRA (Development-smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture), based on the ambition to improve research mobilization and innovation capacity contributing to the sustainable development of the cocoa sector

Agroforestry system, Ecuador field site (INIAP)

The project will address important challenges related to the resilience, competitiveness and inclusiveness of the growing cocoa sectors. Here, resilience refers to the capacity of smallholder producers, and other value chain actors, to mitigate the negative impacts of new EU food safety regulation on cadmium in cocoa; and of climate change. The project builds on the premise that agricultural innovations require engagement of diverse end users, to co-develop context-relevant production systems and practices based on strong, interdisciplinary science, while creating an enabling environment for their adoption and scaling.

COMPONENTS

SOIL & CLIMATE

CACAO GENETICS

SOCIOECONOMICS

DISSEMINATION & DECISION SUPPORT

AGRO-ECOREGIONS & FOCAL AREAS

ACTION PLAN

The activities that will be implemented in selected cacao-growing areas in the three countries will generate the following outputs, organized into 4 different work package:

MORE ON THE PROJECT

BLOGS

Regional research project seeks to promote the development of cacao to continue competing in the European market

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

PODCAST

Clima-LoCa, proyecto que busca impulsar el desarrollo del cacao en el mercado europeo

Invited Guest: Erick Smolders- Clima LoCa Project

Clima LoCa with Rachel Atkinson and Mirjam Pulleman

TWEETS

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Contacts

Mirjam Pulleman: m.pulleman@cgiar.org

Mayesse da Silva: m.a.dasilva@cgiar.org

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