Created in 2012, this project’s goals are:
- Diversify and increase farmers’ revenue
- Increase biodiversity and mitigate climate change
- Preservation of heritage and cultural methods
- Social cohesion and organization
This project, initiated by the chocolate maker Chocolats Halba and locally conducted with the APROSACAO cooperative and the local NGO Helvetas, aims at developing a high-quality fair and organic (organic farming, agroforestry) cocoa production in Honduras.
Historically, cocoa cultivation has always played an important role in Honduras. In 1998, Hurricane Mitch devastated 70% of crops in the country, causing irreversible destruction of cocoa fields in the north and a subsequent development of a new area of cocoa production in the eastern part of the country. With the aim of reviving the country’s cocoa farming tradition, a few farmers in the Olancho region began planting cocoa and hardwood trees in 2008.Planting precious timber trees along with cocoa will generate long term income for the farmers and at the same time it benefits the environment.
Patuca National Park is the second largest area of protection of the biodiversity of the Mesoamerican corridor: it is of decisive importance for the flora and fauna as well as the groundwater balance of the whole region.
The aim is to develop a high-quality fair (fair trade, protection and empowerment of people) and ecofriendly (organic) cocoa pipeline for Halba, helping farmers to develop agroforestry or silvopastoral models for their livestock.
Main guidelines of the project are the agroforestry plantations (fruit trees, woods and cocoa) on 150 hectares in partnership with 150 farm families; technical support and training of the producers by Helvetas; the creation of a collective (cooperative type) to manage the fermentation, drying and marketing of cocoa; support process improvement cocoa processing, especially drying and fermentation.
Main benefits are:
- extended crop areas without deforestation and increased volume of cocoa production;
- short-term profits due to the diversification of sources of income (sale of fruit), reforestation and continuous improvement of the lives of cocoa farmers (to facilitate the introduction of cocoa);
- continuous improvement of quality and quality control of construction.
LocationOlancho region, Honduras
Agroforestry and reforestation
Local partnerAPROSACAO cooperative
Participants239 Fair Trade and organic cocoa farmers
Achievements366,204 trees planted
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APROSACAO is a small-scale farmers cooperative founded in 2008 thanks to an agroforestry pilot project launched by Chocolats Halba and Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation. They started to plant cocoa with timber trees in 2008. The cocoa they produce is exported to Switzerland under Fair Trade and Organic conditions. They also produce and sell bananas for the local market.
Over 400 farmers located in various small remote communities of Cuyamel, Rio Tinto, Rio Blanco areas. They are breeders traditionally, and have only started in the last years to plant cocoa with the help of FHH, Chocolats Halba, and Coop. Farmers are very poor, and earn in average 700 euros/year/family mainly from livestock (milk and meat) and money sent from families abroad. With initial cocoa plantations they can earn in average up to 1200 euros / year.