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Cocoa

Cocoa

Five to six million cocoa farmers worldwide depend on cocoa production for their livelihoods. Ninety percent of the world’s cocoa comes from small-scale farmers. By supporting small-scale farmers of sustainably-raised premium cocoa, Root Capital helps farmers stabilize and increase their incomes and grow rural prosperity.

Stories

  • Copiasuro is an association of fair trade honey producers located in the highlands of Guatemala. One of the first participants in Root Capital’s financial training program, Copiasuro has enjoyed a growth in volume, sales and community impact in recent years. Today, the cooperative boasts a membership of 175 beekeepers who manage, on average, more than 75 beehives each.

  • Pangoa is a Fair Trade and organic-certified coffee cooperative located in San Martín de Pangoa, Peru. Pangoa's 207 active members are small-scale farmers who cultivate shade-grown coffee, cocoa, and honey. A Root Capital client since 2006, Pangoa is well known for its innovative community programs and initiatives. The cooperative uses revenue from Fair Trade coffee sales to sponsor projects in reforestation, health, and education.