Demand for cocoa is soaring around the world – growing 2 to 3 percent each year. Perhaps nowhere is that growth stronger than in Asia, particularly in China and India.  Given the demand, the ability to grow cocoa locally in the South East Asia region is especially important.

One of the keys to improved yield and quality over the short-term in South East Asia is better pest management – especially of Cocoa Pod Borer (CPB).  The challenges associated with CPB are enormous and the economic impact on local farmers can be devastating. It is thought that CPB has jumped from a crop like rambutan to cocoa, with the most recent outbreak occurring in Papua New Guinea.

Mars Chocolate, in partnership with the Indonesia Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and the World Cocoa Foundation, hosted a recent workshop on CPB in Bali, Indonesia.

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