Gandu, Bahia

M. Libânio Agrícola a company founded in 1922 by Manoel Libânio da Silva Filho, owns eight plantations spanning a total of 2,298 hectares. For M. Libânio, sustainability is of vital concern, representing both a challenge and a major opportunity for driving business growth. With this in mind, the company has worked for years to train producers in good agricultural and environmental practices, promote agroforestry and protect primary forests. Today, the whole property is Rainforest Alliance certified. M. Libânio's focus on producing the highest quality cocoa, coupled with its environmental values and technological innovation makes them a natural partner for us. Our relationship with M. Libânio began in the early 2000s, becoming even closer thanks to the signature of a long-term partnership agreement in 2013.

2013 Partnership signature

Renewed in 2020 for 10 years

Exclusive right to the cocoa

from the Paineiras, Ladeira Grande, Petrolina Nova, Italia Limeira and São José plantations

172 Number of employees

2013 / 2014

Financing of technical equipment, including solar drying beds and bean sorting machines


Renovation of housing for employees and their families

2016 / 2017

Financing of a new training center

M. Libânio protects forests: Old growth forests represent 47% of the land available on our Brazilian partner's estate, 27% more than required under the country's forest law


Investments to support production: purchase of a tractor, trailer and shredder for plantation maintenance


Support for the purchase of fertilizer


Support for the maintenance of non-essential activities (including preventive medicine, maintaining employee homes and machine maintenance)

72 houses

renovated for employees' families

1 new training center

72 training sessions

carried out by M. Libânio on topics including health, workplace safety and environmental conservation

It’s always a magnificent moment when you arrive at the M. Libânio plantations in the heart of the Mata Atlantica.
The spirit of M. Libânio is there to see throughout the ecosystem, in everything from the professionalism of the plantations’ management to the respect for people and, first and foremost, the care for the environment.

Cédric Robin
Valrhona's cocoa sourcer