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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Borlaug Cocoa Fellowships 2015
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Eligible Locations
Africa and Middle East, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, East Asia and the Pacific, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, South and Central Asia, India, Western Hemisphere, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago

The application deadline is November 30, 2014.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the World Cocoa Foundation, is now accepting applications for the 2015 Global Cocoa Initiative under the auspices of the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. The Borlaug Program’s Global Cocoa Initiative provides fellows with skills and knowledge to help their countries become more competitive in producing and exporting cocoa and cocoa products.

Fellows from eligible countries in West Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean will work one-on-one with a mentor at a U.S. research institution for up to 12 weeks. The U.S. mentor will later visit the fellow’s home institution to continue collaboration. USDA and the World Cocoa Foundation will select the U.S. mentor and host institution for each fellow.

Visit the Borlaug Fellowship Program application page to learn more about the program and to apply online.

ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES AND RESEARCH PRIORITIES
West Africa
Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria

Genomics, genetics and breeding
Plant propagation methods
Pests/diseases – entomology, plant pathology, and control methods – particularly for cocoa mirids, swollen shoot virus and black pod rot
Soil fertility and plant nutrition
Agroforestry
Climate Change – sustainable agriculture practices

Asia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam
Genetics and breeding
Plant propagation methods
Diseases: plant pathology and control methods, particularly for vascular streak dieback and black pod
Pests: entomology and control methods, particularly for cocoa pod borer and mirids
Soil fertility and plant nutrition


Latin America and the Caribbean   
Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago

Genetics and breeding
Plant propagation methods
Diseases:  plant pathology and control methods, particularly for witches’ broom and frosty pod
Soil fertility and plant nutrition







 

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