HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Smithsonian Institution Convenes Experts To Discuss Cocoa's Future

The Smithsonian Institution will bring together ecologists, cocoa production experts, cocoa industry representatives and other experts interested in the economics of and the variety of life around small family cocoa farms for a "Sustainable Cocoa Workshop." The meeting, which is funded by Mars Incorporated, will be held March 29 through April 2 at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)in Panama. A diverse group of people will address the positive role traditional cocoa farming plays in the tropics, and the issues, opportunities and research needed to ensure the future of ecologically sustainable cocoa production.

"As the developing world faces an alarming decrease in forests, some traditional shade-covered agroforest systems, including cocoa, which is a rainforest tree traditionally grown under a canopy, provide ecologists with hope," said Thomas Lovejoy, a noted environmentalist and director of the Institute for Conservation Biology at Smithsonian. "The success of traditional cocoa farms may be critical for maintaining biological diversity and providing sustainable incomes for small family farmers in the tropics."

Three divisions at the Smithsonian, all concerned with conservation, are involved in this effort, including the recently formed Smithsonian Institute for Conservation Biology. Other non-Smithsonian participants include representatives from The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, Rainforest Alliance, World Wildlife Fund, the MacArthur Foundation, United Nations Development Programme, USAID, World Bank, the American Cocoa Research Institute and the cocoa and chocolate industry.

The workshop was developed by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, a leader in examining the relationship between human land management and biological conservation, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, which has promoted basic and original research in tropical marine and terrestrial organisms and human ecology for more than h
'"/>

Contact: Ruth Stolk
stolkr@op.si.edu
202-633-9799
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
25-Mar-1998


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Dinosaur symposium at the Smithsonian Institution
2. Smithsonian calls for renewed international cooperation in sharing biodiversity information
3. Where is the worlds greatest biodiversity? Smithsonian scientists find the answer is a question of scale
4. Smithsonian researchers show Amazonian deforestation accelerating
5. Institutions and locations of scientific excellence
6. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientists respond to Buzzards Bay oil spill
7. Scripps Institution researchers develop new approach for designing marine reserves
8. New Company Formed Through Licensing Of Cardiac-Hypertrophy Technology From Texas Institutions
9. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institutions Aquaculture Division Studies Viability Of Controlled Reproduction Of Southern Flounder In Captivity
10. Three Institutions Combine Efforts In First-Ever Demonstration Of Long-Term Function In Transplanted Human Liver Cells
11. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution And Novartis Pharma AG Sign AgreementFor Licensing And Development Of Anti-Cancer Compound, Discodermolide

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/22/2020)... ... January 21, 2020 , ... ... operations, developing transport validation strategies, supporting global regulatory applications, and executing global ... the Houston Business Journal as a fastest growing company, and ISO 9001:2015 ...
(Date:1/8/2020)... SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (PRWEB) , ... January 08, 2020 ... ... cellular therapies, is now offering complimentary overnight shipping to its nationwide practice ... of biologics, but also due to volume in its Network the biologics themselves ...
(Date:1/7/2020)... ... January 06, 2020 , ... Myant Inc. , the pioneers ... Vegas) to bring to life its vision of a world where textile-based interfaces knitted ... the AI-powered digital sphere, and the physical IoT-enabled environment. The experience at Myant’s booth ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/8/2020)... ... January 08, 2020 , ... ... composites that can achieve specific properties for use in harsh environments inside or ... combines up to three metals or alloys to achieve specific properties such ...
(Date:1/7/2020)... ... January 06, 2020 , ... EconoFact, a non-profit ... Fletcher School at Tufts University, is pleased to announce that it was awarded ... administered by Tufts University, and will help to expand the scope, exposure and ...
(Date:12/31/2019)... N.J. (PRWEB) , ... December 31, 2019 , ... At ... the conference that will be broadly focused on 3D cell culture , ... its NASH 3D cell culture assays for assessing steatosis , inflammation and ...
(Date:12/23/2019)... ... December 23, 2019 , ... Leak Detection Associates, the leading ... Medical Device Industries, is excited to announce that it will be a contributing ... Closure Integrity Testing Basic Training Course . Held in conjunction with PDA Europe’s ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: