For the first time, Peru will host the International Symposium on Cocoa Research (ISCR 2017) taking place in Lima on November 13-17, Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry (Minagri) informed.
Organized by the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), the event will feature more than 500 participants.
Likewise, the gathering is expected to see the attendance of representatives from cocoa-producing powers: Brazil, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Mexico, among others.
This symposium seeks to create a platform to share latest findings in cacao research, as well as to agree on common strategies aimed at accelerating the development of the 2017 world cocoa sector.
The ISCR 2017's motto will be "Promoting Advances in Research to Enhance the Profitability of Cocoa Farming."
As is known, Peruvian cacao is traded in US, European and Asian markets. In addition, it has been recognized as a high-quality product.
National cacao shipments amounted to US$287.6 million in 2016.
Peru's top exports destinations are currently the United States and the European Union, including: the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.