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CACAO FOREST - Innovating together for the sustainable cocoa of the future

We are proud to be a founding member of Cacao Forest, a pioneering project to create the sustainable cocoa of the future. We aim to create innovative agricultural models that will preserve the diversity and quality of cocoa production, improve farmers’ lives, and also protect the environment.

Here at Valrhona, we are committed to imagining the best of chocolate. Cacao Forest’s sustainable approach fits perfectly with our long-standing practices and our vision for the future of cocoa.


As part of our CAMBIOS project on our El Pedregal plantation in Venezuela, we tested the impact of a rich ecosystem on the development of Porcelana cocoa trees between 2008 and 2011, in partnership with experts from the Jardin Botanique de Merida. Today, we are going even further with Cacao Forest, creating sustainable cultivation models through growing cocoa trees alongside other types of tree.


Today, the Cacao Forest team consists of CIRAD, Isara, Terra Isara, TFT, Valrhona, AlterEco, Weiss, and Révillon. We draw on our varied expertises to create new agricultural models in the cocoa sector. We are concentrating research on three major cocoa growing regions: the Caribbean (the Dominican Republic), South America (Peru), and Africa (Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon and Madagascar). The project launched in the Dominican Republic in 2015. Activities will kick off in Peru in 2017.

More Info : 

Web : Cacao Forest

Twitter : @cacao_forest

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