Please visit cacaonet.org to read about the Global Network for Cacao Genetic Resources (CacaoNet), organized by Bioversity International.
WHAT MAKES COCOA EXCELLENT?
Good trees (genetics)
Well cared for and grown in a suitable environment
Pods correctly harvested
Good practices to keep the trees healthy and free of pests and diseases
Optimum fermentation and drying protocols specific to the type of beans
Know-how for processing cocoa beans and for chocolate making
WHY IS CACAO DIVERSITY IMPORTANT?
Genetic diversity in cacao is declining. This is a serious problem because it increases the vulnerability of cacao to sudden changes in climate and to new pests and diseases.
FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO DECLINING GENETIC DIVERSITY:
Habitat loss due to natural disasters and extreme weather
Destruction of the Amazon rainforests - centre of diversity and home of cacao
Loss of traditional varieties grown