Buscando alternativas para los más de 1300 productores de cacao, el Instituto de Investigación Agropecuaria de Panamá (IDIAP), adelanta investigaciones en Bocas del Toro con el clon CCN 51 cuyo significado es “Colección Castro Naranjal”, que alcanza rendimientos de 30 quintales por hectárea.
Companies such as Unilever, Mars and PepsiCo are part of a new collaborative partnership aiming to develop free science-based decision tools that improve farm-level sustainability reporting metrics and data collection.
Over 5,000 years ago, the cultivation of cacao, the crucial ingredient for chocolate, originated in Central America. The temperate climate and fertile soil proved most appropriate for the cacao trees, transforming this ancient product into a billion-dollar industry today.
The heat-tolerant broccoli could help expand future growing possibilities significantly, helping to meet the demand for the nutritious vegetable. Total U.S. annual broccoli consumption (fresh and frozen) grew from about 1 pound per person in the 1960s to about 8 to 9 pounds per person today.