There is a need to support agricultural innovations in developing countries but individual rights and elevating the effects of climate change are also important components that must be factored into progress.
CocoaSoils is a NORA funded five-year project, establishing long-term trials on cocoa, fertilisation, and production. It works across the globe, with trials in six countries working with over 90,000 farmers while also considering aspects of deforestation, child labour and ecosystem services. The partnership is led by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), WUR and IDH, and involves a range of companies: Mondelez, Nestle, Barry Callebaut, Mars, Yara, ICL, and research institutes: CIAT, UN WCMC, and institutes for cocoa in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire.
Thanks to the GODAN advocacy for open data, the partnership leadership has committed to publish all data as fully open (CC-BY) upon becoming available. While the data of the current project is the first step, it is envisioned that other data sources on cocoa can also be captured as part of the project.