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    1st Latin American Scientific Conference on Cocoa

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1st Latin American Scientific Conference on Cocoa

Hosted by MOCCA

24-25 November 2021

9:00 – 11:30 | 14:00 – 16:30 EST

Registration Fee: 50 USD per person ➡ Register now

The 1st Latin American Scientific Conference on Cocoa will be an opportunity for cacao stakeholders to come together to network, share research and find ways to strategically collaborate for the advancement of the sector.

Conference will be virtual and conducted in Spanish with simultaneous English and Portuguese translation.

Six themes of the congress 

  1. Genetics, selection, evaluation and breeding 
  2. Agronomy, integrated pest/diseases management and mechanization 
  3. Nutrition (organic/synthetic) and mitigation of cadmium 
  4. Agroforestry, environment, and climate change 
  5. Training, extension, and information technology 
  6. Quality, traceability, markets and sustainability 


Dr. Antonio C. Gama-Rodrigues
Universidade Estadual de Norte Fluminense Darcy Ribeiro (UENF), Brasil
Cacao-based agroforestry systems in the Atlantic Forest and Amazon Biomes: An eco-regional analysis of land use

Carolina Maturana Zuñiga, M.Sc.
International consultant in Agro-ecology, FAO
Innovation in family agriculture: SmartAgro and alliances for small farmers in Latin America

Dr. Rey Gaston Loor
Genetic diversity of cacao at the center of its origin

Dr. Johanna Jacobi
UTH-Zurich, Switzerland
Agronomic and environmental performance of full-sun cacao vs. shaded cacao

Dr. Olivier Deheuvel
CIRAD-IDIAF, Dominican Republic
Assisted pollination to increase cacao yields: The Dominican Republic case

Dr. Eduardo Somarriba
CATIE, Costa Rica
The cacao agroforestry system of the 21st century

Dr. Zoi Papalexandratou
Zoto-Belgica/ Regional
A regional flavor map as a strategic tool for trading and marketing

Dr. Marney Isaac
University of Toronto, Canada
Genotype-environment interactions shape leaf functional traits of cacao in agroforests

Dr. Alfonzo Azpeitia Morales

Cacao genetic breeding advances in Mexico: eight new and high yielding clones

Dr. Gideon Ramtahal
Cocoa Research Centre, Trinidad and Tobago
Mapping and Mitigating Cadmium in Central America and the Caribbean

Dr. Nubia Martinez Guerrero
Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Perú

Conformation and training of a panel of judges/tasters for the sensory analysis of cacao in South America

Ing. Oscar Dario Ramirez
Research, Experimentation, Training and Rural  Extension model for small cacao farmers in Colombia.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Proceeds from sponsorships will be used to fund local research and experimentation on cacao for the benefit of farmers in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Peru.

Sponsorship Packages

To become a sponsor, please contact Luis Orozco Aguilar (@email) and Carolina Aguilar (@email).

The conference is organized by the MOCCA project, CATIE, CRC and Bioversity/CIAT. MOCCA is a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded, multi-country initiative that helps Latin American farmers overcome the barriers that limit their capacity to effectively rehabilitate and renovate their coffee and cacao plants– increasing their productivity, while improving their marketing capacity, incomes, and livelihoods within these key value chains.