African Cocoa Breeders Working Group

Working together to improve cocoa productivity through increased availability of better planting materials for farmers

The African Cocoa Breeders Working Group (ACBWG) is currently supported by the WCF African Cocoa Initiative (WCF/ACI), a program supported by WCF and its industry partners and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The group originally evolved from the CFC/ICCO/Bioversity project 'Cocoa Germplasm Utilization and Conservation' in 2003 and received support from USDA and Mars Inc. through a project to improve breeding using molecular approaches in 2007. It subsequently became a thematic sub-group in the Sustainable Tree Crops Program (STCP), receiving support from a number of donors including USAID and WCF.

Our Mission

  • Provide a forum for cocoa research institutions of the region and their partners to discuss ongoing research, share results, identify and refine priority areas for cooperation.
  • Identify and develop a regional approach to cocoa improvement in support of cocoa farmers and consumers.
New plants for the MMSP project, Ghana

New plants for the MMSP project, Ghana

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