Posted on 10 July 2018
The exploitation of precious wood in the rainforests has led to more sustainable initiatives in the Northern Highlands. One of these initiatives is community cocoa plantation, intended for international export.
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 plantations in the fields managed by the Northern Highland Forest communities.
This cooperative will supply plants and seeds, support the development of cocoa trees, and, finally, it will puchase the beans produced by these 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.