Improved Quality of Export Cocoa: Samoa

This report documents the findings of two workshops conducted with cocoa growers in two locations in Samoa. The discussion sought to understand what the shared interests of the cocoa farmers were, how the farmers were working together at present and what issues these farmers could work together on in the future to improve exports and returns. The workshops highlighted a range of activities that could be undertaken to inform the industry and support improvements in quality, including: understanding existing production and supply chains; understanding existing markets for koko Samoa and export cocoa beans; improved understanding of the experiences of existing cocoa buyers; demonstrating and trialling best practise fermentation and drying techniques; development of communication materials to promote the production of quality cocoa; providing technical support to cocoa exporters and supporting the development of farmer groups to encourage improved practices.

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