Cacao Oro’s operations have completed formal certification and are operated under Rainforest Alliance internationally recognized standards of sustainability. Our farm has been developed under an agroforestry model that includes an active reforestation program for degraded land using native species such as Cedro Macho, Mahogany, and Nanciton.
Cacao Oro operations are developed under an agroforestry model that includes an active reforestation program for degraded land. To date, more than 250,000 hardwood trees have been planted. These agroforestry eco-systems with cacao are established in conjunction with inter-cropping of native hardwood trees and other crops to improve the nutrition of the soil as well as the native flora and fauna.
Cacao Oro has generated employment in an area of extreme poverty in the northeastern Atlantic region of Nicaragua. As the largest employer in the region, Cacao Oro’s social impact on both its employees and neighbors has been truly broad and meaningful. Working with the Nicaraguan government’s Ministry of the Family and the Swiss Cooperation, the company has developed a training program to teach farmers the required skills and good agricultural practices to develop and maintain a highly-productive cocoa plantation. This training program’s goal, in conjunction with a cocoa plant distribution program to the region’s farmers, is to make Nicaragua’s Atlantic coast the largest producer of high quality, fine flavor cocoa in Central America.
The company is also working with the Nica France Foundation to actively develop additional social, educational, and health programs in the region. These include a health center for its employees and their families, programs in the region’s schools, and the potential for potable water treatment programs.
Cacao Oro operations are developed under an agroforestry model that includes an active reforestation program for degraded land. These damaged lands are often fallow areas that have been cleared for the purpose of cattle grazing by local peoples. This land was part of old growth rainforest land in the Country’s North East RAAN Region. Our efforts include the core cacao crop planting, intercropping with temporary shade trees, Plantain and Caster trees, and lastly the permanent blending-in of indigenous hardwood trees for long-term crop shading. These hardwood trees also add to the cacao crop defenses against occasional high winds. All of this contributes to the maintenance of natural local foliage and habitat, and to date, more than 250,000 hardwood trees have been planted. These hardwood species include: Pochote, Nanciton, Laurel, and Mahogany. We are very aware of the importance of our agroforestry efforts supporting the preservation of the northeastern region of Nicaragua as well as protecting the Bosawas Biosphere rainforest Reserve in North Central Nicaragua from encroachment by the agricultural frontier.