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.
- The cocoa farmers confirm that cocoa provided them with a way out of illegality and violence
- The plantations are called "peace laboratories"
- Support for education
- Art and culture
- Spaces for innovation
- We have contributed to cocoa-based crop substitution programmes covering more than 16,000 hectares.
- We have implemented crop substitution programmes in five regions that were taken over by the actors of the armed conflict
- The creation of 750 new formal jobs
- Training for small farmers through Granja Luker
- We contribute to increasing agricultural productivity and good practices
- Seven hundred farmers trained every year
- Training 700 farmers every year
- Education/Training + Productivity = Increased income and quality of life
- Reforestation, which attracts new species that can then be protected
- Environmental transformation
- The plantations have brought back species that had disappeared from the area and they have brought new species 2,800,000 new trees by 2020
- 2,800,000 new trees by 2020
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