Our research efforts are supported by a growing network of researchers that seeks to progress social and environmental standards and improve quality in cacao and chocolate. To do this we will share news, publish research, undertake engagement activity, monitor industry data, and provide links to other organizations.

If you are interested in joining our network of researchers, either by sharing information or partnering in this work, please contact us. We are eager to collaborate!

Our research team relies on volunteer labor, interinstitutional collaboration, and philanthropic donations to fund any activity. Past and current partners in our projects include: Harvard University, Coffee Quality Institute, Lutheran World Relief, Equal Exchange/TCHO USAID Cooperative Development Project, the Brazilian government and Festival Internacional do Chocolate e Cacau, Fine Chocolate Industry Association, Coventry University, De Montfort University, Specialty Coffee Association of America, University of California-Davis, and Yellow Seed.

Ongoing projects

FCCI-UCDavis Survey Project, May-June 2017

We are conducting two surveys from May through June 2017, of academics and industry members. The survey of academics studying cacao and chocolate aims to identify major areas of interest and potential for scholarly collaboration. It is being conducted simultaneously with a survey of specialty cacao and fine chocolate professionals to gather ideas and facilitate research partnerships in the industry. These two surveys have been organized jointly by a team of researchers: Carla D. Martin, Executive Director of the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute (FCCI) and Lecturer at Harvard University; Associate Professor Ryan Galt, The MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair in Global Conservation and Sustainability, at the University of California, Davis; and Madeline Weeks and Nick Robinson, PhD students at the University of California, Davis.

This survey is a first step in our work, done in consultation with the Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA). We plan to share initial survey results at the 2017 Unconference and Northwest Chocolate Festival in Seattle, Washington, as well as through a report to be made available online.

Take one of the surveys: