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Developing biochemical and molecular markers for determining quality assurance in the primary processing of cocoa in west africa

Objective

The main purpose of the project is to improve the current quality assessment practices used both by producers and buyers of cocoa in West Africa, which are currently based on subjective parameters. The project will carry out detailed microbiological and biochemical analysis of the fermentation process as well as handling methods, from the field to drying and storage, in order to identify biological or chemical markers and to relate these to the quality of the final product. The aim is to develop a set of objective quality indices which provide a more objective indication of cocoa quality and which can be used in the laboratory and in the field.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

THE ROYAL VETERINARY AND AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
Address
30,Rolighedsvej 30
1958 Frederisksberg
Denmark

Participants (5)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
Côte d’Ivoire
Address
Route De Dabou Km17
01 Abidjan
COCOA RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF GHANA
Ghana
Address

Tafo-akim
COUNCIL OF SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
Ghana
Address
Broz Tito Avenue
10 Accra
FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH, OSHODI
Nigeria
Address
Ikeja, Blind Centre Street
80 Lagos
FEDERAL RESEARCH CENTRE FOR NUTRITION
Germany
Address
20,Haid-und-neustrasse 9
76131 Karlsruhe