Improving Institutional Capacity to Mitigate Trade Barriers due to High Cadmium Levels in Cacao

Improving Institutional Capacity to Mitigate Trade Barriers due to High Cadmium Levels in Cacao

The cacao produced by Andean countries has a strong reputation for high quality. However, the soils are naturally more enriched in cadmium (Cd) concentrations compared to other producing regions in the world. This issue is highly sensitive from a socio-economic perspective since 90% of the production in the hands of poor small-scale farmers.

This project aims to improve the institutional capacity in Colombia and Ecuador to manage Cd concentrations in cacao and cocoa products using a coordinated solution based on regional collaboration. It focuses on three expected results:

(1) harmonise methods for cacao sampling and measurement of cadmium levels in cocoa and soils according to international standards; thereby preparing the countries for adequate inspection and potential certification/accreditation programs;

(2) improve mapping baselines and mapping capacity for zoning of vulnerable areas in the two countries, based on harmonised methods and data on cadmium levels in cacao beans; and

(3) develop scientifically sound and context-relevant guidelines on good agricultural practices that lower cadmium levels in cacao.

Documents 
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PDF icon STDF/PG/681 - Application Form.pdf462.9 KB
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Reference Number 
STDF/PG/681
Status 
Awaiting
Project Value (US$) 
617,999
STDF Contribution (US$)  
516,989
Beneficiaries 
Colombia
Ecuador
Implementing Entities 
KU Leuven
Partners 
International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
Wageningen University & Research
Corporación Colombiana de Investigación Agropecuaria (AGROSAVIA)
Escuela Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) Ecuador