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ISCR 2021

International Symposium on Cocoa Research​

POSTPONED TO 2022 – NEW DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

THE 2021 INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM COCOA SYMPOSIUM RESEARCH

This second edition of the International Symposium on Cocoa Research is jointly organized by the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD).

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Worldwide Forum

The International Symposium on Cocoa Research is organized to provide a forum and a platform for the cocoa research community worldwide.

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Development

Scientific advances are key to empower actors in the cocoa value chain and drive innovations through new and improved technologies and ideas.

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Innovations

Experts from all over the world will review and exchange on the latest research innovations to accelerate the development of the world cocoa economy.

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Continuity

The first edition of the ISCR was jointly organized by the ICCO and the Government of Peru in November 2017 at the Swissôtel in Lima, Peru. Click here for more information.

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS SYMPOSIUM THEME

Innovations to support market development and promote the sustainability of cocoa farming for better farmer income.

The theme will be articulated around the 3 distinct sessions and topics as provided below.
Researchers will have to present the results of their work based on the topics proposed.

Cocoa Cultivation: Innovative Approaches and Practices for Sustainable Production
  • Integrated Pest management and GAP techniques (Shade and irrigation; improved crop, pest and diseases, shade, soil, water and soil/fertility management)
  • Farm rehabilitation techniques
  • Knowledge of the genome and of the functioning of the plant
  • Farmers techniques and know how
  • Institutional, policy management systems
Sustainable Cocoa and Climate Change: The way forward through Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Renewable energy, clean water, health, food security and improved nutrition for the cocoa farmers
  • Impact of climate changes on cocoa farming, on the spatial repartition of cocoa zones in the world
  • Rescue, characterisation and exploitation of biodiversity for varietal creation in a context of climate change
  • Diversification techniques (other crops, non-farm activities) – environnemental and economic perspective
  • Agroforestry, sylvo-pasture, aquaculture techniques (agronomy, ecology and the economics thereof)
  • Reforestation /Afforestation programmes
  • Payments for Environmental Services (PES): myths and reality
  • Landscape approach
  • Training and capacity building on climate smart agriculture techniques
  • Climate information and surveillance systems
  • Other new climate adaptation techniques; energy efficient technologies along the value chain
Innovations to support the Cocoa Processing & Market Development
  • Food safety compliance systems (pesticides and other contaminants) of cocoa products (mapping and agronomic solutions, breeding and genetic manipulations, remediation techniques etc)
  • Innovative processing methods and transformation processes
  • Valorisation of quality attributes (The multidimensionality of cocoa quality -sensory and aromatic analysis, consumer preferences, improvement strategies, differentiation and enhancement of quality certification, quality recognition programmes etc)
  • Valorisation of nutritional attributes of cocoa products
  • Valorisation of cocoa by-products for food and non-food products (candies, fertilizers, biogas and digestates, cosmetics, etc).
  • Other innovations (packaging, etc)
  • Traceability systems
  • Access to micro credit, crop insurance coverage, financial risk management
  • Digital applications

FOR RESEARCHERS

Share your research

Researchers on cocoa and cocoa related issues from public and private sectors are hereby invited to submit abstracts of their research to be considered for presentation at the ISCR 2021 as well as full papers for publication in the ISCR 2021 Proceedings.

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