Achieving sustainable cultivation of cocoa
Prof. Pathmanathan Umaharan, Dr Ranjana Bhattacharjee, Dr Malachy Akoroda, Dr Brigitte Laliberté, Dr Michelle End
There is a growing demand for cocoa. However, cultivation is dependent on ageing trees with low yields and increasing vulnerability to disease. There is growing concern about the environmental impact of cultivation in areas soil health and biodiversity. There is therefore an urgent need to make cocoa cultivation more efficient and sustainable to ensure a successful future. These challenges are addressed in Achieving sustainable cultivation of cocoa.
Part 1 reviews genetic resources and developments in breeding. Part 2 discusses optimising cultivation techniques to make the most of new varieties. Part 3 summaries the latest research on understanding and combatting the major fungal and viral diseases affecting cocoa. Part 4 covers safety and quality issues whilst the final part of the book looks at ways of improving sustainability, including the role of agro-forestry, organic cultivation and ways of supporting smallholders.
With its distinguished editor and international range of expert authors, this collection will be a standard reference for cocoa scientists, growers and processors.