Success Story: Fulbright and Colfuturo Scholars Work to Build a Bright Future for Cacao in Colombia

May 15, 2020

Penn State has committed $530,000 of new support for three of the CfP graduates to continue with their PhD studies.

Cacao for Peace Update: Firing on All Cylinders

August 2, 2018

Cacao for Peace (CfP) is a collaborative initiative between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA) (FAS) that began in January, 2016. CfP aims to strengthen Colombia’s key agricultural institutions for cacao in the public and private sectors. To help achieve this objective, the program targets four main areas for capacity building activities: 1) Agricultural Extension, 2) Education, 3) Research and 4) Technical Assistance. This report highlights the main achievements in these areas during the first half of the life of the project (January 2016 – July 2018).

CIAT: What role can cacao for peace play in Colombia?

August 3, 2017

Cacao for Peace Purdue Initiative

August 3, 2017

Penn State experts promote cacao as an alternative to illicit crops in Colombia: Centre Daily Times

June 13, 2017

Cacao for Peace Research Symposium: Mapping the Future of Cacao Research for the Caribbean Region of Colombia

May 16, 2017

Cacao for Peace is an outgrowth of the historic peace accord signed in November 2016 between the Colombian government and the leftist rebels known as the FARC, after 53 years of civil war.

April 25, 2017

Mark Guiltinan and Siela Maximova work together all over the world. As co-directors of Penn State’s endowed cocoa research program—and husband and wife—the two have chased the chocolate trail from Ghana and Peru to Trinidad and Indonesia. Still, the email last January from Colombia came as a surprise.

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