Fellowship and Research Program Officer of World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), Ms. Virginia Sopyla – plan visit Department of Agronomy and Horticulture (AGH), IPB, Bogor on Monday – February 6, 2012. The purposes of her visit will be: (1) to learn more about cocoa research conducted at IPB and (2) to meet with Dr. Dini Dinarty – former Norman E. Borlaugh – WCF Cocoa Fellowship.Ms. Sopyla will also give a brief presentation on the World Cocoa Foundation and its activities for those who are interested.
World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 for the purpose of promoting social and economic development as well as environmental stewardship in cocoa-growing communities. The foundation is a membership-based organization with about 70 member companies involved in the cocoa and chocolate industries around the world. The foundation is based in Washington, DC. and supports programs that benefit farmers in cocoa-growing regions in Africa, Southeast Asia and the Americas. Specific program activities include training for farmers and communities as well as applied scientific research.
One of these programs is the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Program – Global Cocoa Initiative. The program is jointly implemented by the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and the US Department of Agriculture/Foreign Agricultural Service, and support scientists from cocoa-producing countries to complete two-to-three month fellowship in the United States. Last year, Dr Dini Dinarti of Department of Agronomy and Horticulture (AGH), IPB participated in the program and completed a fellowship at the US Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service.
Under the support of WCF fellowship, Dr. Dini Dinarti has visited Beltsville-Maryland, USA for a three months training in cacao biotechnology. She studied SSR and SNP markers analysis in cacao. She used the data for diversity analysis and clone identification of cacao.
Graduate students (S2 and S3), research staffs of Estate Crops Research Institutes in Bogor, and staffs of IPB who are interested in World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) activities and possible opportunities that can be developed through WCF are invited to attend the presentation. The presentation will be conducted on Monday, February 6-2012 at about 10.00 in the morning. It will be at ‘Ruang Sidang AGH’ – Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, IPB, Jl. Meranti – Darmaga Campus, Bogor.