Cocoa fields as sustainable alternatives to rainforest exploitation | WWF

Cocoa fields as sustainable alternatives to rainforest exploitation

Posted on 10 July 2018    
Michel Besinoa, de la coopérative SAVA Volamaitso, dans ses champs de cacao.
© WWF Madagascar / Oreto Briz
SAVA Volamaitso cooperative provides a striking example of this initiative. Headed by Michel Besinoa, it is currently working with 230 planters located in Sambava, Antalaha, Vohémar and Andapa. 
 
Some of these planters are members of the local community that help maintain forests. These planters make their nurseries, and plant their cocoa. After harvesting the crop, they then sell the fresh cocoa bean to the cooperative. 

Throughout 2017, WWF and its partners have been conducting surveys with cocoa producers in the region. The goal is to develop cocoa plantation in the fields managed by the Northern Highland Forest communities.
 
This cooperative will supply plants and seeds. It will also aid the development of cocoa trees and. Finally, it will purchase the beans produced by the communities.

The cooperative then ensures the fermentation, drying, and distribution of the cocoa beans. It’s worth noting that the cooperative's cocoa   meets production standards that are accepted in Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Japan.

These standards are related to the types of fertilizer used for the cocoa, bean collection technique, and the procession procedures for exporting it. 
 
Michel Besinoa, de la coopérative SAVA Volamaitso, dans ses champs de cacao.
© WWF Madagascar / Oreto Briz Enlarge

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