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.