ONE BAR : ONE TREE @Papua
After the rediscovery of the Kerafat, we started raising seedlings of the strong and flavor-rich Papua Kerafat cacao trees in 3 cacao nurseries, which we are planting alongside fruit and forest trees in biodiverse cacao-forests, a buffer zone for the primary forest that provides living and courtship grounds for endangered bird species. The project area has been defined as a 20x50km stretch of forest with several communities, each of about 100 inhabitants, all indigenous people of Papua.
On the ground, we:
- Establish cocoa fermentation, drying and quality control centers
- Establish nurseries to raise genetically unique and strong cacao varietals
- Establish 2 demonstration cacao-forest plots with local cacao varietals growing under valuable and beneficial forest trees
- Support the preservation and rejuvenation of old-growth cacao-forests
- Support indigenous communities by preserving a minimum of 15.000 ha of primary rainforest
- Train indigenous communities in organic cacao farming and agroforestry, post-harvest practices and quality control
- Promote cacao-agroforestry as an alternative to traditional environmentally destructive slash-&-burn farming techniques
- Help farmers achieve organic certification
- Support indigenous farmer cooperatives in the management of economically viable cacao enterprises
Unfortunately, prolonged droughts in addition to the already precarious conditions in this remote, forest-clad corner of the world have affected the cacao harvest negatively in recent years. We have been putting our expertise and hearts into this conservation and community project for 5 years, so it is with much sadness that we have to realize that we are no longer able to source this ultra-rare cacao. We are now selling the last bars. The purchase continues to support the local indigenous community and their biodiverse forest home.