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A Partnership Between The FCIA and The USDA/ARS

Identifying and preserving fine flavor cacao varieties for the conservation of
biological diversity and the empowerment of farming communities.

Protecting Fine Flavor Cacao through Species Identification and Preservation

The FCIA Board of Directors is proud to have nurtured and supported the creation of the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund (HCP) since 2011. In late 2015 the HCP Executive Committee was able to secure 501c3 non-profit status and now has its own website.

Consumers all over the world have enjoyed the increasing availability of fine chocolate, whether bar or bon bon. The FCIA and the USDA ARS participated in a test to identify fine flavor cacao populations, the cacao from which the fine chocolate industry draws its raw material. 

Out of this work was born the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Initiative (HCP), a partnership between the FCIA and the USDA/ARS that is tasked with: identifying the finest flavor cacaos which become the most flavorful chocolate in the world; linking their flavor to genetics for natural reproduction rather than GMO; preserving and propagating them now and for future generations and recognizing and rewarding the growers who cultivate them.


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