About:

Considering the impact that the first Luker Chocolate cocoa forest in Necoclí, the decision was made in 2016 to look for a place to build a second crop. This is how we arrived at the Villanueva farm, located in the department of Casanare, in the middle of the eastern plains of Colombia. Here we adapted a 817-hectare crop that was previously used for oil palm production, but which today is planted under an agroforestry system in which palm coexists with cocoa, providing it with the necessary shade.

In this forest with its 12 types of soil cover, there are 12 species of animals in danger of extinction, 41 species of reptiles and amphibians, 9 migratory species, and 24 mammal species. Looking to reforest this area, we are planting acacia trees throughout, in order to protect our crops and build an ecosystem that preserves these species. By the end of 2020, we will have planted a total of approximately 48,000 trees.

Furthermore, this cocoa forest has managed to generate around 500 jobs in the area.

In The Chocolate Dream, we are aware of the importance of preserving and regenerating the environment.

Start Date:

January

2017

Duration: 4 years

100%

To date

Total
investment

5.2 Millions (US$)

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TOTAL BUDGET

SPENT

Impact on people

409

People

24% women

76% men

LOCATION

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67%

33%

Adults

Young

Skills Developed

Teamwork

Empowerment

Commercial crops management

Improvement of cocoa culture in the region

Personnel management

Project management

Creativity

Problem solving

Continuous improvement

Results

  • Our cocoa forest generates more than 400 jobs at harvest peak.
  • Compliance with schedules of estimated planting dates for the 2017 and 2018 crops.
  • Installation of drip irrigation system to 17 hectares and micro-sprinkler to 3 hectares.
  • Production of 7 tons of dry beans in 2019.
  • Generation of interest in the farmers of Villanueva in planting and marketing cocoa crop.
  • Sighting of more than 120 species of animals in the plantation among which mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles.

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