Deforestation-free cocoa for the Amazon Piedmont

Led by:  Fundación Alisos
Sector:  Nature

“We have successfully created a regional vision for a special, high quality and zero-deforestation cocoa value chain in the Colombian Amazon. Local governments, civil organizations, cocoa associations and producers are committed to this common goal and enabling conditions have been established. Our challenge now is to guarantee a sustainable production and a fair income for the cocoa families working with us.”

- Wendy Arenas, Director, Alisos

This project has been working to strengthen forest and landscape restoration and promote sustainable livelihoods in post-conflict regions in the Colombian Amazon, where deforestation is high. In its new phase, it will support ten associations to implement new business models for sustainable cocoa production and expand their Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems with an emphasis on biodiversity. It will also support the development of technical abilities for producers through the implementation of strategic alliances with technical and academic institutions, and the strengthening of regional cocoa committees of Caquetá, Guaviare and Putumayo.

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