The Trinidad & Tobago Fine Cocoa Company (TTFCC) Ltd, in partnership with the InterAmercian Development Bank (IDB) and the Cocoa Research Centre of the University of West Indies are pleased to announce the launch of a 3-year programme to help cocoa growers improve the quality and yield of their beans and to ensure access to value-added markets both domestically and internationally.
Known as the “IMPACTT” (Improving Marketing and Production of Artisanal Cocoa from Trinidad & Tobago) aims to develop standards, cocoa origin tracking tools, a certification system and a range of marketing tools to aid growers in selling their beans for the highest value.
The IMPACTT project was approved in September 2016 at an official signing at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad. IMPACTT has been developed over a 2-year period between the InterAmerican Development Bank and the TT Fine Cocoa Company with input from a range of stakeholders and collaborators.
This resulted in the official start of the 3-year project by the University’s Principal Professor Brian Copeland whom signed the contract on behalf of the project coordinator, Cocoa Research Centre whom are based at the campus. In addition, officials from the British High Commission, Port of Spain, also involved in the project advisory panel, were in attendance