CALL FOR ABSTRACTS & PAPERS Abstract submission

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

The ISCR 2021 Scientific Committee will review the abstracts submitted and select them for either oral or a poster presentation. More information on the Scientific Committee members can be found here.

Guidelines for the submission of Abstracts

  • Abstracts should be submitted only in English and via the online Submission form below. After submitting your abstract, you will automatically receive a confirmation e-mail.
  • Researchers can submit their abstracts from 18 January 2021 until 30 March 2021.
  • Notifications of acceptance for all selected abstracts will be sent out by 30 April 2021
  • Abstracts should address one of the topics of the ISCR 2021 presented here. Abstracts which are most closely aligned with the main theme and topics of the conference will be selected.
  • Abstracts should be limited to a maximum of 400 words.
  • After reviewing your submitted abstract the Scientific Committee will decide whether it is selected for an oral presentation or a poster presentation at the ISCR 2021.
  • Researchers which abstracts have been selected for oral or poster presentations at the symposium should submit their full papers to be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and included in the ISCR 2021 Proceedings. Please see the guidelines for full papers submission for more details on this process.
  • The deadline for the submission of full papers based on the selected abstracts is 31 October 2021.

Symposium Theme for Abstracts

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

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

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