Since the 1990s, destruction of the Amazon rainforest in Latin America has been driven by the pursuit to increase usable land area. This deforestation is a crucial and complex issue in terms of both global warming and biodiversity, having impoverished soil, destroyed biodiversity and caused an unprecedented decrease in producers’ income. Kaoka’s project to regenerate cocoa farms through agroecology revitalises sustainable and economically viable excellent cocoa cultivation, without deforestation. The FFEM supports the collaborative approach in this unique partnership between Kaoka, the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT (International Centre for Tropical Agriculture), World Agroforestry (ICRAF) and the NGO Conservation International to conserve and regenerate ecosystems and promote agroecology within the cocoa industries in Peru, Colombia and Ecuador. Each partner is a recognised specialist in their field, bringing a specific skill set and expertise.
Establishing sustainable farming areas for the cocoa industries in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru is a perfect example of what can be achieved at provincial, regional, national and international levels, particularly as it can be reproduced. Another important element is that the communities are stakeholders in this project, which correlates directly with the socio-economic dynamics in the region and ensures it will be socially and culturally accepted.
Anaëlle Cado, Head of forestry and sustainable agriculture projects at FFEM.