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Gallery UNOCACE - Chocolats Halba

6-Before pruning the of shade trees

31.1.2017
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UNOCACE - Chocolats Halba

UNOCACE - Chocolats Halba

Topic: Cocoa Production

November 2016 - November 2019

Latin America - Ecuador

Chocolat Halba – COOP Suiza – Swisscontact - ECOTOP

Unión de Organizaciones Campesinas Cacaoteras – UNOCACE

Ecuadorean fine flavor cocoa is increasingly recognized as one of the highest quality of cocoa in the world. Its Arriba cocoa beans, referred to locally as "de Arriba" (meaning "up"), have distinct floral and fruity flavors providing Ecuadorean producers a unique opportunity to take advantage of its higher market value in global markets. The growth trend is driven by consumer demand for gourmet food, organic and natural products which can best be derived from this type of cocoa and its sub products.

Given the market opportunities, it is increasingly important to support the expansion of the Arriba "Cacao Nacional" (CNA) varieties. This calls for reversing the trend toward the almost shade-less monoculture CCN51 variety. Virtually no upkeep measures such as pruning are done to CNA variety; as a result, trees grow quite tall, are very old and often without any shade and the cocoa bean yield is extremely low. Cocoa cultivation is therefore in many places barely profitable. These conditions are not attractive for young people to work in this sector.

The Project

The production under a dynamic agroforestry approach can increase significantly the productivity of their cocoa plantations. Training and a longer conceived consultancy to the producers are needed, resulting in the medium term to an increase in income.
The Arriba and other CNA varieties would thus be more attractive and potentially more profitable to producer families. The objective of the project is to "Improve the quality of life of 800 cocoa producers, through a dynamic agroforestry approach with cocoa as a valid and effective option to increase income and revitalize the national cocoa "Arriba" production".
In order to achieve the proposed objective, it is planned to consider the following criteria:

  • Establishment of a counselling program under the Cooperative UNOCACE to promote the cultivation of Cacao Nacional "Arriba" in dynamic agroforestry  systems with the support of ECOTOP
  • Work with a systemic approach, which considers sustainability, impact, outreach and the achievement of an increment of actors and functions starting from a defined territorial approach, promoting the economic development through strengthening and articulating both private and public actors.
  • Promote the empowerment of UNOCACE and its organisations, supporting development processes that promote their active and permanent participation - improvement of governance through the development of capacities.
  • Support improvements in the performance of small producers, facilitating access to financial services, non-financial services and productive infrastructure in order to generate income and employment.






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