Frontiers in Science and Technology for Cacao Quality,
Productivity and Sustainability
Attendees and presenters are coming
from all over the world- 27 countries and counting!
Climate change, pests and diseases, unimproved planting material and growing
consumer markets especially in Asia, present major challenges to sustainable
cacao production. World plant biologists are developing and applying new
integrative approaches to address these challenges. This symposium, “Frontiers
in Science and Technology for Cacao Quality, Productivity, and Sustainability”,
will bring together scientists working at various levels to develop solutions
for cacao agricultural systems of the future.
The symposium will take place from May 31st to
June 2nd at the Penn State University campus, the home of the
Penn State Endowed Program in the Molecular Biology of Cacao and will concur
with celebration of the 30th anniversary of the formation of
Two days of scientific presentations and
discussion by the international cacao scientific community will focus on topics
of genetic improvement, agricultural practices and post-harvest methods that
together lead to enhanced production and quality of cocoa and contribute to the
overall goal of a sustainable cocoa supply chain future. The symposium will also include poster sessions, tours
of Penn State research facilities and a post-conference tour of Amish country
including visits to local, artisanal farms.
The commemoration of the 30th anniversary
and the history and impact the Penn State Endowed Program in the Molecular
Biology of Cacao will include a special session during the first day of the
symposium and a Conference Gala at the Penn State Arboretum.
Who should attend? This conference
welcomes all members of the cacao scientific research community and other
scientists interested in learning and getting involved in cacao research. We
also welcome any other participants interested in the science behind building a
sustainable cocoa future! Stakeholders from Industry, NGO and governmental
organizations with an eye towards the role of cacao in sustainable development
are encouraged to attend. Multiple opportunities will be provided for
networking across this diverse set of attendees.