PROFESSIONAL FARMER TOOLS & METHODOLOGIES
CACAO DIVERSITY CONSERVATION
To achieve its mission, the Choba Choba Foundation develops a holistic approach, focusing on two complementary core strategic areas.
Agroecology, according to the definition of the FAO, is “based on applying ecological concepts and principles to optimize interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment while taking into consideration the social aspects that need to be addressed for a sustainable and fair food system”.
The Choba Choba Foundation embraces this approach, piloting field projects in agroforestry & agroecological cocoa farming, at the same time supporting farmers to become better professional farm managers, with innovative tools, methodologies and capacity-building.
In cocoa producing countries, cocoa farming is one of the leading drivers for deforestation and environmental degradation. To address this issue, in partnership with local and international organizations, the Choba Choba Foundation engages in collective efforts to protect the rainforest and biodiversity in the Alto Huayabamba valley and the broader San Martin region.
We also support farmer organisations to preserve, study and propagate high-value cacao varieties, shifting away from monovarietal cultivation. This contributes to higher agroecosystem resilience in the context of climate change while offering better economic opportunities for farming communities.
Collaborative problem & solution design is the core approach of the Choba Choba Foundation. This implies including farmers in the development of a common understanding of the problems to tackle, and an action-oriented collaboration to design and adapt concrete solutions.
By piloting innovations in the field with a trial and error mindset, we aim to rapidly learn from successes and failures, create deep impact within farmer communities and use field evidences to nurture our collaborative problem & solution design.