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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.
Central Ashaninka del Rio Ene (CARE)
Communities benefitting from this project include:
Boca Anapate, BocaTincabeni, Camantavishi, AltoCamantavishi, Pamoreni, Pamakiari, Pampa, Alegre, Caperocia, Tavecharo, Samaniato, Osherato
This project began in 2013 and is based in the Ene River valley, Junin Region, Peru.
- 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 1.4 tonnes in 2009 to 50 tonnes in 2016.
- 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