Cocoa Life in Brazil

Brazil is the world’s sixth-largest producer of cocoa. Cocoa Life has been developing partnerships and building on existing initiatives since 2013.

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A Story on Farming In Brazil
"Solar dryers eliminate the traditional system of using firewood to dry cocoa, thereby preserving the forest."

By Ana Paula Souza, head of the Gandu Cooperative

In the Bahia region of Brazil, where farmers face myriad challenges related to crop management, Cocoa Life is providing guidance regarding the latest techniques to improve yields and the quality of the cocoa produced, as well as environmental impact. Here, Ana Paula Souza, head of the Gandu Cooperative, describes our efforts:

One of the key challenges facing cocoa farmers in the Gandu region of Bahia in eastern Brazil is limited knowledge of modern best practices. We work with the Cocoa Life program in this lush, tropical region to help train farmers in practices such as optimizing shade and soil fertilization. We also help farmers learn from each other by facilitating discussions among 75 cocoa producers in the program. Cocoa Life also provides solar dryers to improve bean quality. The dryers eliminate the traditional system of using firewood to dry cocoa, thereby preserving the forest and eliminating the smoke flavor in the beans. Cocoa Life technicians are helping many farmers implement the solar dryers on their farms. Most of all, Cocoa Life unites cocoa farmers and workers to motivate, inspire, and support each other.

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