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Episode 13 Overview
In the previous episode, I presented an overview of my recent trip to Nigeria for ICD’s International Cocoa and Chocolate Forum where the theme was “Putting Value in Cocoa.”
For all of recorded history, the primary emphasis on the consumption of cacao – when it was not being used as a form of currency– was on the oxidized beans. When many (most?) people think of adding value to cocoa in producing countries the first thought is derivatives – nibs, liquor, butter, and powder.
The question is: why?
This episode will feature an exploration of what it means to “forget what boxes are” when it comes to thinking about ways to add value to cacao with a focus on value addition in producing countries in ways that may also benefit farmers, not just investors. If time permits, the discussion may veer into how this could affect government policy.
- Conventional derivatives
- Pods, leaves, and wood
- Pulp & Juice; alternatives that do not require maintaining a cold chain
- Finished products other than chocolate
- Encourage and support micro-entrepreneurship (side-hustles) as a way to attract and keep younger farmers.
- The role of government policy
- Living Income – the solutions need to encompass food security, water security, energy security, transportation security, access to education, access to health care, employment security, etc.
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Links and Other Resources
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