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Projects

Central American Cocoa Project

From 2007 to 2013, we implemented the Central American Cocoa Project (PCC), to carry out the following actions:

  • Increase productivity, diversity and financial and environmental value of cacao orchards for at least 6,000 Central American families.
  • Improve social functioning, business competitiveness of organizations, and living conditions for its members.
  • Include PCC experiences and innovations in local, territorial and national plans and in policies to support the cocoa sector.
  • Increase knowledge and the development of skills in students from schools, technical colleges and agronomy faculties for producing cocoa sustainably.
  • Provide equal opportunities and economic, social and cultural responsibilities for men and women in all spheres of action of the project.
  • Promote the participation of all family members in PCC actions to improve the social and economic conditions of these households.
  • Strengthen partnerships to reduce poverty in Central American cocoa-producing territories.
  • Establish 36 hectares of clonal gardens with improved varieties of cacao to optimize family plantations.

 

Projects

Central American Cocoa Project

From 2007 to 2013, we implemented the Central American Cocoa Project (PCC), to carry out the following actions:

  • Increase productivity, diversity and financial and environmental value of cacao orchards for at least 6,000 Central American families.
  • Improve social functioning, business competitiveness of organizations, and living conditions for its members.
  • Include PCC experiences and innovations in local, territorial and national plans and in policies to support the cocoa sector.
  • Increase knowledge and the development of skills in students from schools, technical colleges and agronomy faculties for producing cocoa sustainably.
  • Provide equal opportunities and economic, social and cultural responsibilities for men and women in all spheres of action of the project.
  • Promote the participation of all family members in PCC actions to improve the social and economic conditions of these households.
  • Strengthen partnerships to reduce poverty in Central American cocoa-producing territories.
  • Establish 36 hectares of clonal gardens with improved varieties of cacao to optimize family plantations.

 

Cacao agroforestry systems

In cacao agroforestry systems we work to intensify and diversify the production of this crop and improve the livelihoods of rural family farmers.

With our work we have managed to provide support through the technical and scientific information we produce, training thousands of farming families through the Field Schools.

Cacao agroforestry is an alternative for reducing rural poverty because cacao orchards, in association with other plants and trees, can provide satisfactory and balanced resources to farming families, producing goods and services such as timber, fruit, medicine, honey and other products.

Cacao agroforestry systems store large amounts of carbon, especially in the trunks and branches of trees and palms, so they are recommended for reducing vulnerability and adapting better to climate change. And this aspect is also covered by our actions.



Contact us!

If you would like more information about our work on cacao agroforestry systems, contact:

Eduardo Somarriba
Leader of the Agroforestry and Sustainable Agriculture Program CATIE
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