Category Archives: Chocolate & Cacao

Favorite Chocolates (update ongoing)

Since people have asked… Favorite chocolates, alpha order (though if I had to pick a few to take to a desert island: Grenada Chocolate, Upchurch, Theo 85%, Dick Taylor Belize, El Ceibo, Taza choco-nibs). Not a judgment, just my tastes. … Continue reading

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Thesis Submitted: Effect of Certification on Cacao Smallholders’ Net Incomes

I submitted my thesis for my M.S. in International Agricultural Development: “Evaluating the Effects of Certification on Smallholders’ Net Incomes, with a Focus on Cacao Farmers in Cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire.” I focused on evaluating smallholders’ agronomic and economic outcomes, … Continue reading

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M&E Review: LEI Impact Report on UTZ Certification in Côte d’Ivoire

My posts have become  infrequent due to grad school and now thesis writing (certification impacts on cacao producers’ net incomes in Côte d’Ivoire). UTZ Certified (UTZ) just released a report on cacao certification impacts (PDF) that’s very relevant to my thesis, … Continue reading

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Thesis Research Profile on UC Davis Website

UC Davis is running a series of profiles of graduate student research. The latest in the series focuses on four studies in the food sector. I’m humbled that it includes my thesis research on the costs and benefits of cacao … Continue reading

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ACDI/VOCA Assignment: Cocoa farmer financial record keeping & GAP

This summer, I had the good fortune to do another ACDI/VOCA Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer assignment. I evaluated financial record keeping, and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) adoption and cost-benefit, among Ghanaian cocoa farmers. It was a great experience that allowed me to … Continue reading

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Thesis research: Cost-Benefit of Cacao Certification in Côte d’Ivoire

For the next six weeks, I’ll be in Côte d’Ivoire to conduct field surveys for my M.S. thesis/dissertation. Many thanks go to my advisor Rich Sexton, Ph D., Kaitlyn Smoot (recent UC Davis IAD/ARE M.S. graduate), and The World Agroforestry … Continue reading

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Course paper: Oligopolies in the Cacao-chocolate Sector

If you’ve ever wondered about the market forces that get cacao from the farm to your chocolate bar, confection, beverage, etc… you might enjoy a short paper I wrote for my microeconomics course. It’s focused on oligopolies across the supply … Continue reading

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