Mars, NSIP to develop new improved, disease resistant Cacao varieties

Cocoa for Generations is how Mars intends to step-change efforts, lead the way and invite others to partner with them in a new approach to increase farmer income, protect children and preserve forests today, and crack the code on a model of modern sustainable cocoa farming for tomorrow

Global demand for cacao is expected to grow at an annual rate of approximately 5% for the foreseeable future.   In the past, increasing demand has been met by increasing the total acreage under cacao cultivation.   However, this approach has come at a high cost in terms of deforestation and environmental degradation. As part of its Cocoa for Generations strategy, Mars Incorporated has committed to meeting  its future cacao needs through a 100% sustainable supply-chain.   

Cocoa for Generations is how Mars intends to step-change efforts, lead the way and invite others to partner with them in a new approach to increase farmer income, protect children and preserve forests today, and crack the code on a model of modern sustainable cocoa farming for tomorrow. Achieving a 100% sustainable supply-chain  will not be an easy task – especially since the cacao crop will increasingly compete  with other crops such as oil palm and rubber for available farmland.  Improved agronomic practices will help achieve this goal, but alone will not be sufficient.  

The key will be to significantly increase the  genetic potential of cacao to produce higher yields and improved quality on the same or even less farmland.  With this goal in mind,  Mars has engaged Nature Source Improved Plants (NSIP) in a collaborative project to accelerate the development of new cacao varieties with higher yields, increased disease resistance and improved quality. 

Nature Source Improved Plants (NSIP)  is an advanced optimization analytics company located in New York, USA and Chiapas, Mexico; and dedicated to the conservation,  evaluation and utilization of natural genetic resources to deliver  high performing plant materials and creating value and efficiency through innovative and  sustainable cutting-edge technologies for the global community. 

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