Through a series of workshops offered by IICA, the Grenada Chocolate Company, a small cooperative of cocoa farmers and chocolate producers – was able to strengthen its capacity to meet the required sanitary standards for trading its products internationally.

Members of the cooperative increased their expertise in areas related to compliance standards, food safety certification, and occupational risks and security.

According to Caribbean News Service, Margarita McDonald, Manager of the factory, acknowledged that, “This is the first time that the staff is participating in an activity of this nature, and we thank IICA for this opportunity to boost our production capacity”.

Maintaining that there are still areas that need to be strengthened, Derek Charles, National Specialist at the Grenada Office of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), was quoted as saying, that the Company should continue to progress in environmental management and in streamlining the method by which farmers cultivate cocoa beans, thus ensuring that production progresses in keeping with environmental and health concerns.

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