Public and private sectors drive Nextcoa Project in Colombia


Traditionally, little economic benefit has been achieved by cocoa producers in Colombia, according to PhD in Chemistry and Professor at the Universidad Industrial de Santander Cristian Blanco Tirado, director of the Nextcoa Project. 

The artisanal processes of cacao, which follow a centuries-old tradition, not only waste substantial parts of the fruit but also contaminate the environment. 

"The purpose of the Nextcoa Project is to modernize these processes through the use of science and technology to enable the development of entirely new products that will revolutionize the industry, add value to the cocoa chain and generate economic and social benefits." The idea is to move from tradition to innovative developments, which give greater profits to growers, traders and cocoa processors around the country, says Professor Blanco Tirado.