The University of West Indies cocoa research center since 1930 has been contributing to the global cocoa industry making the center the oldest cocoa research institution in the world.
In 2017, Trinidad and Tobago secures the country’s first GI ( Geographical indications) for its cocoa which has seen farmers receiving as much as 200% price increases and 100% growth in demand.
University of the West Indies/Mondelez cocoa breeding program
20 acres of the St. Augustine nurseries will be used for cocoa breeding program being done by Mondelez international owner of Cadbury, and University of West Indies St. Augustine. In a statement, minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Clarence Rambharat said Cabinet approved the lease for the program which is being used to develop cocoa farms of the future (CFOF), made to withstand difficult climate conditions.