DURATION:
Two years
LOCATION:
Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea
NATURE OF PROJECT:
Pest and Pathogens
ESTIMATED TOTAL COST:
US$ 824,359
FINANCING COMMITED BY STDF:
US$ 604,491
CO-FINANCING
US$ 98,337
COUNTERPART FINANCING
US$ 121,531
PROJECT EXECUTING AGENCY (PEA):
CABI
PROJECT SUPERVISORY BODY:
International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)
PROJECT STARTING DATE:
November 2013
COMPLETION DATE:
October 2015

 

Brief Description:

The project aims at producing and trading cocoa that meets food safety and international SPS standards.  This will include (i) improving the quality of cocoa through capacity building in SPS, (ii) promoting and facilitating knowledge sharing between stakeholder groups participating in the project, and (iii) raising awareness among cocoa stakeholders beyond the project’s immediate reach on food safety concerns in the whole supply chain (and how to address them).  The stakeholders targeted by the project include smallholder producers, agro-dealers, processors and exporters, also involving national and regional authorities that are responsible for research relating to cocoa, and SPS issues.

Project Objectives:

The overall development objective of this project is to improve market access for cocoa from Asia through capacity building in SPS and food safety practices and compliance.

Project Status:

Following the organization of the inception workshop in November 2013, project implementation commenced in all participating countries. By mid-March 2014, preparations of training material and questionnaires for surveys were finalized. A total of 50 manuals were printed for each participating country. In addition, 3 questionnaire forms were sent to the NIOs. From 7-17 April 2014, Malaysia organized the Training of Master Facilitators (TOMF). A total of 27 Master Facilitators were trained. TOMF for Indonesia was re-scheduled for September 2014 following the period of Ramadan. The project website was officially launched in May 2014 (www.cocoasafe.org). The first report covering the first six months of project implementation was reviewed by the SC and submitted to STDF. The first report covering the first six months is available (see link below).