Improving access to planting material for cocoa plantation renovation in El Salvador

The partnership between MOCCA and CENTA is driving research efforts towards increasing productivity. Cacao producers can access more productive high quality clones, resilient to climate change. Native, old, new and international highly valuable cocoas are being preserved in El Salvador, with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the technical support from the…

Maximizing opportunities for women coffee growers in El Salvador

Morazán is a department located in the eastern part of El Salvador, divided into 26 municipalitieswhere mainly agricultural activities predominate, including coffee production. Sonia Ramírez, is a 45-year-old woman, born in Comunidad las Quebradas, municipality of San Simón, comes from a family with a long coffee-growing tradition. She began harvesting coffee more than 25 years…

Family Entrepreneurship: El Cacao de la Esperanza (The Cocoa of Hope)

Milagro and Elmer increased their income in 80% by improving their chocolate bar´s production management. Elmer and Milagro, or the “Martínez Domínguez family” as they are known in their community for their entrepreneurial energy and willingness to share their knowledge, have great enthusiasm in managing their cocoa plantation, becoming leading producers, artisanal processors and innovative…

Partnership benefits more than 2,600 coffee producers in Honduras

Farmers receive training, access to finance, and planting materials.  More than 35% of participants are women.  The initiative is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE), Keurig Dr Pepper, and Neumann Kaffee Gruppe NKG. San Pedro Sula, Honduras Coffee is the leading export crop and the source of livelihood…

CENFROCAFE participates in the nursery verification and seed production processes through World Coffee Research

We interviewed Engineer Albertino Meza Ojeda, the coordinator of the Production and Sustainability Unit of CENFROCAFE, within the MOCCA framework project, about the importance of the initiatives carried out with World Coffee Research and the impact of seed production and coffee nurseries. By Jesslin Cruz Zeledón | Country Agronomist -World Coffee Research CENFROCAFE is a…

Financing opens new horizons for Venancia and Victor

The municipality of Cubulco, Baja Verapaz, is located at the geographic center of the Republic of Guatemala, surrounded by mountains and lush vegetation and famous for its colorful traditions and folkloric dances. “Have you heard of the “Palo Volador” dance? In this dance, men hang by their feet from ropes attached to a 30-meter-high structure…”…

Women maximizing opportunities in the coffee industry!

Sensenti is a town located in the department of Ocotepeque, in western Honduras, an area where specialty coffees with different cup profiles are produced, characterized by their exotic fruit flavors and delicate acidity. Zoyla Maldonado and Yaneth Lemus are two women who, like many others in their locality, have followed family tradition and dedicated themselves…

“WIN-WIN experience” between OLAM Ecuador and MOCCA

Ecuador is recognized worldwide for its outstanding national fine aroma cacao. Historically, it is one of the most economically and culturally important products in the country. In 2011 Olam Ecuador began marketing cacao from small farmers in 8 provinces of the country; as from 2014 they started their sustainability programs in alliance with different clients.…