We work to increase quality, and trade equality of natural cacao from farm-direct and contribute to sustainable cacao futures.
We do this by inviting people from the whole industry to our nurseries and sharing our insights of the 10 core factors that are important to cacao. During this, we conduct in-situ genetic research, and practice the setup and management of a variety of cacao nursery and farming locations. Afterwards, we bring them to the market and sell them. We teach, as we learn, and learn, as we teach. It is a live classroom with real trees and trade, farmers and retailers.
The 10 core principles of what we develop, research and teach are:
We believe that by treating the entire industry to insights of itself, we can make the industry more fair. Until now, we have trained 600 people and literally increased the quality of natural cacao grown and traded, assured traders and buyers of improved markets and thus secured higher direct prices for farmers.
We have a cacao nursery which is available for in-personal technical development in the Philippines, as well as kitchens and boardrooms in Europe for the industry. We also offer delivery via digital means, through logins here for webinars and virtual training. For example, we:
Train farmers and workers around cacao in the areas of genetic varieties, origin planting and farm management, focused on natural, chemical free agroforestry principles. Details include how to set up a nursery, graft, and nurture a natural cacao plantation, how to make fertiliser and sell it to related-farms, and be more informed about financing and legal land rights.
Set up and manage access to and supply of high quality natural grafted planting materials, including biodiverse cropping (coconut, bananas, beans) and high quality natural fertiliser for farmers and cooperatives who need it. Additionally, with financing when required.
Set up and manage co-operative of shared services for cacao fermentation, drying and bagging. Facilitate trade between farmers, cooperatives and buyers from Europe (bean to bar manufacturers) including quality control.
Set up and manage co-operative of shared services for grinding and post harvest value added cacao (grind to mass, extract butter, powder) sales including quality control and trade facilitation.
Test new to market ideas about sustainable energy, processing and agro ecology with European and Australasian partners, including inform conservation of natural in-situ cacao genetic diversity, #HowTos for other developing regions and best tech implementation.