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Constraints and potential for sustainable intensification of high-quality cocoa bean production by smallholders in Ghana

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Cocoa is a crop of huge economic significance especially for developing countries and is enjoyed by millions of people around the world in the form of chocolate and other related products. The crop is cultivated in tropical countries around the equator and is dominated by smallholder farmers on a subsistence and low technology basis, thus, often resulting in different production practices, low productivity and varied bean quality. This research aims at assessing the interaction between farm management, soil fertility and growing region on bean quality and chocolate flavour profile. This study investigated factors influencing cocoa productivity by smallholder farmers, assessed current soil fertility and quality in the cocoa fields. Cocoa beans produced by smallholder farmers under different farm management practices and soil quality were studied for quality characteristics. Chocolates were made from these beans and analyzed for variations in their flavour profiles. This research contributed to identifying the most effective and sustainable interventions, which will allow cocoa farmers to produce more beans of high and uniform quality.
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Cocoa, Sustainable intensification, Ghana, Soil quality, Smallholder farmers, Aroma volatile

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Kongor, John Edem. 2018. “Constraints and Potential for Sustainable Intensification of High-quality Cocoa Bean Production by Smallholders in Ghana”. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Bioscience Engineering.
APA
Kongor, J. E. (2018). Constraints and potential for sustainable intensification of high-quality cocoa bean production by smallholders in Ghana. Ghent University. Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent, Belgium.
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Kongor JE. Constraints and potential for sustainable intensification of high-quality cocoa bean production by smallholders in Ghana. [Ghent, Belgium]: Ghent University. Faculty of Bioscience Engineering; 2018.
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Kongor, John Edem. “Constraints and Potential for Sustainable Intensification of High-quality Cocoa Bean Production by Smallholders in Ghana.” 2018 : n. pag. Print.
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  abstract     = {Cocoa is a crop of huge economic significance especially for developing countries and is enjoyed by millions of people around the world in the form of chocolate and other related products. The crop is cultivated in tropical countries around the equator and is dominated by smallholder farmers on a subsistence and low technology basis, thus, often resulting in different production practices, low productivity and varied bean quality. This research aims at assessing the interaction between farm management, soil fertility and growing region on bean quality and chocolate flavour profile.
This study investigated factors influencing cocoa productivity by smallholder farmers, assessed current soil fertility and quality in the cocoa fields. Cocoa beans produced by smallholder farmers under different farm management practices and soil quality were studied for quality characteristics. Chocolates were made from these beans and analyzed for variations in their flavour profiles.
This research contributed to identifying the most effective and sustainable interventions, which will allow cocoa farmers to produce more beans of high and uniform quality.},
  author       = {Kongor, John Edem},
  isbn         = {9789463571562},
  keyword      = {Cocoa,Sustainable intensification,Ghana,Soil quality,Smallholder farmers,Aroma volatile},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {XXVIII, 230},
  publisher    = {Ghent University. Faculty of Bioscience Engineering},
  school       = {Ghent University},
  title        = {Constraints and potential for sustainable intensification of high-quality cocoa bean production by smallholders in Ghana},
  year         = {2018},
}