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A comparative study of local and overseas fermentation methods using Trinitario cocoa variety in Samoa

23 Mar 2017

Improving fermentation practices can improve the quality of Samoan cocoa beans for export. This report presents results of a comparative study between local and overseas (Vietnam) methods of cocoa bean fermentation, conducted by the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (SROS), using Trinitar...

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Papua New Guinean specialty cocoa

28 Feb 2017

This study identifies barriers to market-entry for Papua New Guinean (PNG) specialty cocoa. Despite market interest, buyers have reservations resulting from uncoordinated supply, arduous and costly logistics, and extensive disconnects between local producers and international markets. The costs o...

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Cocoa and Coconut in the Solomon Islands: A Family Affair

23 Dec 2016

This study looks at gender inequalities and women’s economic empowerment in the cocoa and coconut industries in Solomon Islands. Understanding gender relations makes it possible to identify gender-based challenges and opportunities for cocoa and coconut value chain development. Through increased ...

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