There are several challenges that plague the global supply of cacao. Some factors are political upheavals in cacao farming regions, the threat of Ebola in certain areas in Africa, El Nino and farmers shifting to more productive and lucrative crops.
Given the tropical climate of the country, there is a huge opportunity for production and trade for the Philippe Cacao Industry. However, farmers are still faced with productivity challenges, namely:
– low productivity and unsustainable farming practices
– ageing cacao trees
– competition for land area with other crops
– changing weather conditions
– pest and diseases (learn the different kinds from ACDI VOCA here)
Read more about the local cacao industry and its value chain, and determine how you can contribute towards achieving the goal of developing an integrated, sustainable and productive Philippine Cacao Industry.