Growing in their forest gardens is criollo, the world’s finest cocoa beans. Making up a fraction of the world’s chocolate production, criollo is the most valued chocolate ingredient.
In the face of widespread poverty, the community of Cutivireni and its surrounding villages turned down the quick offer of cash from loggers. Instead they chose to protect their forest. Cool Earth is helping build livelihoods from their organic cacao that grows under a protected forest canopy.
With Cool Earth’s support the villages have spent the last three years turning cocoa beans into the main source of income for 325 families. Production has grown to 12 tonnes a year. The focus has been on drying techniques to improve the quality of the bean and solar cacao dryers have been installed in many of the villages.
Find out more about how CO2Count’s partnership with Cool Earth is helping to protect the rainforest.