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Sustainability Research

SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH

LEADING COCOA RESEARCH GLOBALLY

We want to build a consensus to drive more funding for cocoa research — the first step is sharing the knowledge we already have. That’s why we share work like our genome project and lead innovative new programs that could advance industry knowledge. By working together, we can increase the quality and performance of cacao plants and better control the pests and diseases that threaten their existence.

WORKING TOWARD A COMMON AGENDA

Our primary goals in advancing global cocoa research are to:

  • Increase collaboration between cocoa-producing and cocoa-consuming regions through stronger regional links and increased contact
  • Create an effective common agenda across the industry to prioritize key issues within genetics, quality and agronomy
  • Increase funding available to cocoa researchers
  • Enhance the publication and dissemination of cocoa research

SEQUENCING THE COCOA GENOME

We’re getting to a better world faster by sharing knowledge. With our partners at IBM and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we helped unlock the cocoa genome — instead of patenting the results, we released them to the public in 2010. Through the Cocoa Genome Database, researchers in the industry and scientific community can take advantage of our work and use it to drive new cocoa research.

MAKING CROP CULTIVATION LESS PRECARIOUS

Genome sequencing helps take the guesswork out of traditional crop cultivation, allowing breeders to produce better plants in months rather than in years. It also advances farmers' ability to plant more robust, higher-yielding and disease-resistant trees. This is a great example of how business can help solve complex global issues.

Check out the Cocoa Genome Database which provides public access to the results of the cocoa genome sequencing project.


Mars wants to advance global cocoa research; to do that we share all of the knowledge and research we have already developed.