Photo of the Week: Support for Cocoa Farmers in Peru

March 15, 2013

A cocoa farmer in Peru doubles his productivity and improves his family’s standard of living with TechnoServe’s support.

Geister Cachique displays cocoa pods on his farm in the community of Las Mercedes, located in Peru’s tropical San Martín region. Through trainings organized by TechnoServe, Geister and other members of the Cocoa Producers Association of Las Mercedes have learned to properly prune and fertilize their trees. The farmers also improved their handling and processing of the cocoa beans after the harvest, and earned a higher price by selling their cocoa collectively. Thanks to these improvements, Geister’s productivity has doubled and he is receiving a higher price for his cocoa, helping him to provide for his children.

TechnoServe is assisting thousands of farmers like Geister through the Economic Development Alliance in San Martín, a program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Learn more about the program and Geister’s progress.

 

Related Blog Posts

 

Supporting Mexico’s Small-Scale Dairy Farmers

Supporting Mexico’s Small-Scale Dairy Farmers

A sustainable strategy for milk supply in Mexico has improved the standard of living for hundreds of farmers.

Peruvian Women Produce Award-Winning Chocolate

Peruvian Women Produce Award-Winning Chocolate

A group of enterprising women from the Peruvian Amazon are turning the region's cocoa into high-quality products lauded by the global chocolate industry.

Growing Opportunity in India’s Desert

Growing Opportunity in India’s Desert

Creative solutions to agricultural water management in an arid region of India are boosting yields and incomes for smallholder farmers.