trees planted


San Martin region was heavily deforested in the 1980’s as it became a red zone of coca production. With the help of USAID, local farmers switched from coca to cocoa cultivation in the 1990’s. The Fair Trade & Organic cooperative ACOPAGRO was created at that time. Launched in 2008, Alto Huayabamba reforestation project was set up with the objective to develop best-class agroforestry systems and ensure the sustainability of the cocoa cultivation model.


San Martin region, Amazonia, Peru


Agroforestry and reforestation

Local partner

ACOPAGRO cooperative


2,000 Fair trade & Organic cocoa farmers

supply chain


Local partner

ACOPAGRO cooperative was created in 1997, as part of a UN program to substitute coca plantations with cocoa and other alternative crops in the San Martin region, Amazon, Peru. It now counts 2000 members: small-scale producers of cocoa and sugar cane having 5 hectares of land each, with an average 2.2 ha of cocoa fields.

Plantation models

Species planted

Pinochuncho - Schizolobium Amazonicum

Pinochuncho – Schizolobium Amazonicum

Shaina - Colubrina Glandulosa

Shaina – Colubrina Glandulosa

Bolaina - Guazuma Crinita

Bolaina – Guazuma Crinita

Capirona - Calycophyllum Spruceanum

Capirona – Calycophyllum Spruceanum


The participants are ACOPAGRO members, small-scale cocoa farmers and their families.

Photo stories

The good taste of cocoa farming under the trees in Peru.
A photo story by Christian Lamontagne.