JCFA is the recipient of a grant from the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), aimed at revitalizing the Jamaican Cocoa Industry. The goal of the project is to build a stronger, more sustainable industry for the future. The MIF is a division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Over the last 18 years, annual production levels of cocoa in Jamaica have fallen from 2,522 tons in 1992 to approximately 440 tons in 2008. While many farmers disengaged from the industry, they remain convinced that the industry has a future, and has sought to become re-engaged with a greater role.
The post-harvest processing framework to be established by the Association is engaging in fermentation and solar drying at the community level. This will dramatically reduce the cost associated with processing the beans as well as ensuring the quality of the finished product.
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