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Cocoa production is a vital source of income for Ashaninka families. This project has helped them improve their productivity, produce better quality and sustainably-grown cocoa.
Autonomous and Sustainable Production of Cacao and Coffee by Indigenous Ashaninka of the Ene River
This project began in 2013 and is based in the Ene River valley, Junin Region, Peru.
Central Ashaninka del Rio Ene (CARE)
Communities benefitting from this project include:
Boca Anapate, Boca Tincabeni, Camantavishi, AltoCamantavishi, Pamoreni, Pamakiari,
Pampa, Alegre, Caperocia, Tavecharo, Samaniato, Osherato
- Ashaninka cocoa and coffee producers want training to help them produce cocoa of sufficient quality for chocolate production.
- The Ashaninka producers want to take their product to the international market without being exploited by traders.
- They want their cocoa to be a sustainable source of income for Ashaninka families.
Through the programme, we aim to help the community to:
- Improve productivity and building Kemito Ene’s capacities to manage the cocoa business, efficiently, sustainably and autonomously.
- Integrate cocoa production in the Ene into comprehensive land management plans and improve production according to best sustainable practices to ensure forest protection.
- Training Kemito Ene’s board in administration, marketing, product quality and commercialisation.
- Building Kemito Ene’s capacities to collect and sell cocoa from its beneficiaries.
- Training communities on postharvest techniques and production management according to land management plans.
- Providing communities with drying and fermentation materials and equipment
- Training and collection with a limited number of coffee producers, to gradually incorporate coffee in Kemito Ene’s production in the longer term.
- Developing land management plans to ensure that the Ashaninka Communal Reserve is respected and protected and to allow growing cocoa and other products in the surrounding areas in a sustainable manner.
- Increased the overall production of cocoa from 11 tonnes to 18 tonnes.
- Improved quality of cocoa beans- lab results reveal it is of "exceptional quality".
- Increased family incomes by more than 20%.
- Implemented a business management school to build capacities of Kemito Ene leaders.
- Kemito Ene has registered its own brand and has been an actively participant in the Salon del Cacao y Chocolate in Lima, Peru.
"I am happy because the income from my cocoa allows me to send my children to school. I also have been able to buy tools so I can be able to work faster and better in my plot"
Gamaniel Lopez – Cocoa producer from Boca Anapate community