Kokoa Kamili is located within the Kilombero Valley, in Morogoro Region and works with nearly 3000 smallholder farmers, most of whom farm between 0.5-2 acres of cocoa. Kokoa Kamili pays a premium to farmers for their ‘wet’ cocoa, and conducts its own fermentation and drying. By taking over the fermentation and drying process, Kokoa Kamili can produce more consistently higher quality cocoa beans. This method gives farmers a reduced workload, along with greater compensation, and the farmers are paid immediately after the cooperative receives its wet beans.
Ingemann Fine Cocoa serves as the access to market for more than 1000 small cocoa producers in Nicaragua, directly benefiting over 5000 workers and their immediate family members.
To maintain a sustainable model and encourage producers to continue cultivating fine cacao instead of more productive trees of lower quality, Ingemann is paying a premium to the producers of 25% on top of the commodity market and provides producers training in good agricultural practices and business management. They receive regular visits from Ingemann technicians free of charge. Ingemann and their cocoa producers have planted more than 1,000,000 cocoa trees adding in the reforestation of Nicaragua.
Zorzal Cacao is an agroforestry project of Reserva Zorzal a 1,019-acre private bird sanctuary and 130-acre organic cacao demonstration farm in the northern mountains of the Dominican Republic where they produce fine flavoured, organic cacao. Reserva Zorzal sets aside 70% of its land to be forever wild and is committed to reducing climate change through a collaborative approach to conservation and reforestation.