Three Pillars of Sustainability
With our commitment to sustainability, we want to give smallholder cocoa farmers the means to secure their livelihood while protecting the environment and climate. Currently, around 1300 cocoa farmers benefit from the additional income created by our commitment. A further 700 are to be added by 2021 To achieve this, we rely on three pillars: Quality & Productivity, Agroforestry and Climate Compensation.
Chocolats Halba Honduras helps cooperatives to improve the quality of their cocoa beans. We supply them with high-quality Trinitario cocoa seedlings. We train farmers intensively in the fermentation and drying of cocoa beans. We also provide the farmers with financial and individual support in the construction of professional post-fermentation infrastructure and during the certification of their beans.
We continuously train our farmers in the conversion of their plantations into sustainable agroforestry systems. The farmers cultivate cocoa in combination with timber trees such as mahogany or cedar. They provide the cocoa with needed shade, nutrients and water. More and more farmers are being persuaded to cultivate further crops (e.g. banana, mango, manioc) in combination with cocoa. Balanced mixed cultivation protects the soil and strengthens the plants. The income of farmers is increased and diversified. Nature also benefits since the biodiversity on the plantations is increased leading the insects that are so vital for pollination to return. The huge timber trees prevent erosion and protect the climate.
In the east of the country, in a revolutionary approach, we combine agroforestry system cocoa cultivation methods with CO2 compensation initiatives. The trees not only store greenhouse gases, but also provide shade, nutrients and water for the cocoa.
The farmers enjoy higher cocoa yields, and additional income is created by planting and maintaining the trees intended for said CO2 compensation scheme. The reforestation is certified to the "gold standard", the strictest standard for climate protection projects. Since 2011, 238,849 trees have been planted by our partner PURprojet solely for reforestation purposes.