As part of Mars, Incorporated’s commitment to cocoa sustainability and the support of cocoa farming communities, Mars Chocolate division uses Cocoa Paper products for their conference needs.
Mars plays an important role in cocoa sustainability efforts around the world taking a comprehensive approach with a strong focus on the entire farming community.
In Indonesia, Mars has been at the forefront of the drive for cocoa sustainability for many years and maintains a strong field presence for farmer training, demonstration, the improvement of best practice technologies and the establishment of farmer enterprise cocoa tree nurseries, composting businesses and farmer enterprise extension services.
Mars support for Cocoa Paper further encourages cocoa farmers to prune their cocoa trees to maximize productivity and increase overall cocoa farming family incomes.
Cocoa Paper was proud to attend the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) partnership meeting held in Washington DC on June 13 & 14, 2012.
Represented by Kate Janetski, Managing Director of PT. Community Solutions International, Cocoa Paper joined over 300 individuals to hear industry leaders speak about current issues, address some of the most important issues in Cocoa Sustainability and participate in roundtable discussions.
In his opening speech, Tim McCoy of the WCF introduced Cocoa Paper to the audience who all received leather padfolio's and cocoa paper note pads as a gift from the WCF.
The above images are © World Cocoa Foundation.
The gala dinner and river cruise on the Odyssey was another fantastic opportunity for relationship building and networking with industry leaders.
(from left to right): Jay Daniliuk; USAID
Kate Janetski; Cocoa Paper
Martin Gilmour; Mars Chocolate
It is very important for Cocoa Paper to attend events like this, as we hope that more cocoa and chocolate related organizations, like the WCF, will find even more beneficial applications for Cocoa Paper as every sheet sold directly helps cocoa farmers and contributes to Cocoa Sustainability.
PT Community Solutions International and Cocoa Paper would like to thank our sponsors for enabling us to participate in one of the cocoa industries major events of the year.
They truly do represent the future and any investment we are able to make in their development is a foundation stone of long term sustainability.
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Can you imagine your life without Chocolate?
Yes this is a very real possibility in the near future. Cocoa is rapidly declining worldwide largely due to pests destroying the cocoa beans and diseases killing the tree itself.
A world without cocoa is not a pretty picture.
If the current situation continues, it is believed that cocoa will become so expensive only those with deep pockets will be able to afford to buy it.
Following that, cocoa will disappear. With unproductive cocoa trees riddled with pests and dying from diseases, farmers will have no choice but to replace cocoa with other crops, such as maize (corn), in order to survive.
While many companies, governments and organizations are working hard to prevent this grim future, it is our responsibility as cocoa and chocolate consumers to join in the fight for cocoa sustainability. Keep Cocoa Here!
How can YOU join in the fight for cocoa? Simply by choosing to use Cocoa Paper products for your home and office stationery supplies. Every sheet of cocoa paper sold directly benefits cocoa farmers and contributes to cocoa sustainability by teaching farmers how to better manage their cocoa trees.
When cocoa is gone will you regret not acting when you had the chance?
Attention all Cocoa Lovers......Have you seen this moth before?
Cocoa Pod Borer is responsible for the destruction of more than 40% of cocoa each year in Indonesia!
Healthy cocoa covered in a sweet white pulp quickly turns to brown rotten looking beans that are not suitable for us humans to eat.
Just look what happens!!
Pruning IS an essential activity to help control this pest.
Say NO to cocoa pod borer and YES to sustainable cocoa.
Help us encourage more farmers to prune to help rid their farms of this nasty pest by purchasing any cocoa paper products today.
Did you know that routine pruning is the most important thing that a cocoa farmer can do to control pests and diseases that affect our beloved cocoa trees?
It is estimated that, in Indonesia, 40% of the potential crop each year is lost due to Cocoa Pod Borer attack lone. Cocoa Pod Borer is a moth that that lays its eggs on the surface of cocoa pods. When the Cocoa Pod Borer larvae hatch, they bore their way into the pod and eat the precious fruit, destroying the placenta and causing massive damage to the cocoa seeds.
Cocoa Pod Borer likes to live under the leaves of the cocoa tree where it is cooler and shaded. By pruning to increase light penetration the farmer can make the habitat less attractive to the moth and significantly reduce its impact on his livelihood. Good soil maintenance, fertilizing and frequent harvesting are also important control factors.
VSD, Vascular Streak Dieback, is a nasty fungus that attacks the circulatory system on the cocoa tree and can result in the death of the tree. Pruning is also an essential activity to control the impact of this disease by removing infected branches and reducing the overlap of the canopy of adjacent trees.
Community Solutions International encourages farmers to prune and buys the pruning waste to make Cocoa Paper.
To read more about the Future of Cocoa, there is an interesting article written By Harold Schmitz and Howard-Yana Shapiro, two world renowned scientists and friends of Cocoa Paper.
To read more on the future of cocoa- click here.