Cocoa Forests

Cocoa Forests

In 2011, we decided to implement a new strategy by planting our own crops in order to reach the following goals.

  • 1. Demonstrate that it was possible to have productive and profitable agroforestry plantations with the best varieties of Fino de Aroma, reforesting the countryside and enabling the return of various species of animals and birds.
  • 2. Demonstrate the social and environmental transformational power of a corporate crop when implemented in areas that were traditionally victims of the conflict.

This new approach allowed us to fully integrate the value chain and create better social and environmental wellbeing in the territories in which we were working. We have created over 500 new formal jobs and we expect to have 2.800.000 new trees in agroforestry systems by 2020 allowing the return of different animal and bird species that had migrated because of the deforestation.

This project began in Necoclí, Urabá Antioqueño, with 550 hectares of cocoa in what used to be a livestock farm. In 2017, this model was replicated in Casanare, with 1000 hectares of cacao, in what used to be a palm farm, creating a unique agroforestry system where both species coexist. In 2019, we will begin a 45-hectare agroforestry system in Huila.

The purpose of these projects is to take agricultural and social development to the communities I each of the regions in which we grow our cocoa and to come up with innovative solutions that are supported by our clients and partners. With this, we aim to improve the quality of life of the cocoa farmers, their families, and the communities in general. We also use the projects to transfer our knowledge with respect to Fino de Aroma cocoa cultivation.

Cocoa Forests

Cocoa Forests

New Approach

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GET TO KNOW OUR COCOA FORESTS

Casanare – 1000 HA

Casanare – 1000 HA

Cocoa Forests Casanare

Cocoa Forests Casanare

500
Formal Employment
1000HA
System
Agroforestry
Huila

Huila

Demonstration Crop <br/>  Small-Scale <br/> Farmers

Demonstration Crop
Small-Scale
Farmers

350HA New Cocoa Forests
450HA Crops Renovated
In 6 Municipalities
375
Families Positively Affected
Necoclí – 550 HA

Necoclí – 550 HA

Employees + Neighboring Communities

Employees + Neighboring Communities

2011

2018

Land Use

Livestock Farm

Cocoa Forest

Employees

5

250

Trees

Less Than 2/HA

600 HA