MOCCA today

Our progress

MOCCA and its partners facilitate a series of benefits for coffee and cacao producers including: the opportunity to integrate higher value commercial models, technical assistance, access to higher quality planting material, access to research results, and the opportunity to participate in catalytic financing models.

To enhance their productivity and profitability


Coffee and cacao directly to new markets


With technical assistance and business management


To develop and analyze results from new and existing varieties, agronomic treatments in coffee and cadmium mitigation in cacao


For working capital, purchase of inputs and farm investments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food for Progress- funded The Maximizing Opportunities for Coffee and Cacao in the Americas (MOCCA) program, which seeks to expand agricultural productivity and trade.

Members of the Consortium

In 2020 TechnoServe received the award for "Coffee Support Organization of the Year" from the National Coffee Association of the United States (NCA). TechnoServe operates in 29 countries, linking people to information, capital and markets and has helped millions of smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs create lasting prosperity for their families and communities. TechnoServe is the MOCCA Consortium Leader and leads the coffee program.

Lutheran World Relief is an international Non Profit organization that strives to defeat world póverty by helping individuals to adapt to the challenges that threaten their livelihoods and wellbeing.The organization provides assistance in emergencies and partners communities to build and grow rural communities. Lutheran World Relief leads the Cacao activities of MOCCA for all target countries.

World Coffee Research is a pre-competitive, multi-stakeholder platform that enables the global coffee industry to invest in cutting-edge agricultural R&D to transform coffee production into a profitable and sustainable livelihood that can meet growing demand while protecting natural resources. WCR leads MOCCA's activities related to (large) nurseries, as well as research and dissemination activities in coffee.

Implementing partners

Rikolto empowers farm groups in Africa. Asia, Europe and Latin America to become sound trading partners that implement long lasting sustainable practices, helping them to comply with quality standards and connecting them with innovators of the food industry to explore new ways of doing business. Rikolto supports MOCCA´s cacao initiatives in Ecuador.

Bioversity International is a global development research organization that provides scientific evidence, management practices and policy options for using and safeguarding agricultural and forest biodiversity to achieve sustainable global food and nutrition security. Bioversity supports cacao initiatives in MOCCA related to research and quality standards.

The Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) is a nonprofit professional organization which represents more than 360 members of the fine chocolate industry. FCIA promotes quality,innovations, ethical sourcing, and the best practices in the industry of fine chocolate from the tree to the bar and the bonbon. FCIA is partnering with MOCCA to build bridges between program partners, farmers and FCIA members.

Implementing partners

The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) houses publicly accessible, globally important germplasm bank collections for coffee and cocoa. MOCCA supports CATIE's efforts with national research institutions to catalog existing varieties in national genebanks and actions with the private sector to facilitate the propagation of quality genetic material.

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) is leading the evaluation and assessment of the baseline of the MOCCA project. The evaluation focuses on the impact of the project at two main levels: at the market systems level, to test systemic changes in the coffee and cacao market systems; and at the farmer level, to assess the impact among beneficiary households.

CRC through MOCCA is supporting the development of action plans, funding mechanisms, technical assistance and research dissemination through cadmium bulletins. In addition, CRC together with LWR, is managing the mapping and proficiency testing of eight laboratories to understand their capacity to perform accurate cadmium analysis.