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Mechanization and automation of cocoa production

Request Number N185853 | Author Mondelēz International


We are interested in finding low-cost, automated solutions to increase the efficiency of cocoa agriculture. We are looking for solutions that could help automate all stages of the currently labor-intensive process, from planting, through to harvesting, post-harvest pod opening, bean separating, fermentation & drying.


Cocoa agriculture is not as advanced as many other forms of agriculture and is very labor-intensive. To increase the efficiency of this process, we are interested in finding mechanized solutions from planting, through to fermentation.

Key Success Criteria
  • Lower cost than by working by hand
  • Increased consistency in production
  • Increased throughput
Possible Approaches
  • Automated agriculture systems
  • Fruit picking
  • Automation
  • Robotics
  • Manipulation
What We Aren't Interested In


Preferred Collaboration types

At this stage, we're open to various types of mutually-beneficial partnerships.