Solidaridad signs protocol for sustainable cocoa in transamazonic region

26 October 2016

Solidaridad, the Secretariat of Agricultural Development and Fisheries (SEDAP) of Para State and the Executive Committee of the Plan of Cocoa Farming (CEPLAC) have signed a Protocol of Intention to implement an initiative for the development of cocoa in sustainable landscapes.

Fatima Cardoso (Solidaridad) and Hildegardo Figueiredo Nune (SEDAP) signing the protocol.

This initiative of Solidaridad began in 2015 and seeks to draw up a specific agenda for mitigation of and adaptation to climate change for the sector and for those who depend on cocoa farming. In its first phase, the project will take place in the city of Novo Repartimento (transamazonic region) in a rural farming settlement where an integrated farming model is being developed that includes the main economic activities of the region - cocoa and livestock. This model incorporates fundamental criteria such as:

  • the environmental suitability of the property
  • the preservation of the forest
  • a positive carbon balance in the production unit

Protecting farmer livelihoods and the environment

Among its objectives is to continue generating business for producers, involving the whole chain, and ultimately contribute to innovation in the environmental governance model for sustainable landscapes, which can be replicated in other locations.

To improve the economic sustainability of these smallholders, they will receive training in financial management, including support for the creation of small business consulting and opportunities for technical assistance in cooperative management.

Fatima Cardoso, country manager for Solidaridad South America in Brazil, highlighted the commitment to improving the quality of life of farmers and cocoa productivity. "We are delighted with this partnership with SEDAP and CEPLAC. Solidaridad aims to promote sustainable agriculture, benefiting producers and the whole industry chain. The pilot project is being conducted in a rural settlement with smallholders. We want to develop a productive model in Para that generates more profitability for family farmers, more quality for the product and to promote mitigation and adaptation to climate change for the sector," she said.