The Dominican Republic

Joba Arriba, Espaillat

Founded in 1985, CONACADO (Confederación nacional de cacaocultores dominicanos) is today one of the biggest producer and exporting organizations in the country, and has over 10,000 members. The cooperative works to create a modern, internationally renowned cocoa sector that improves producers' incomes and allows their families to achieve a decent standard of living. It does this by focusing on producing high-quality cocoa and on sustainable farm management, coupled with support for community development and environmental protection

CONACADO's numerous certifications - including Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, Fairtrade and Organic (USDA and EU) – are testament to this commitment. The cooperative's vision, history and respected position in the Dominican make it a partner of choice for Valrhona.

2016 Partnership signature

Length of partnership : 5 years

Cooperative Type of organization

243 Producers

Valrhona's scope

Since 2015

Promotion of agroforestry through the Cacao Forest initiative Cacao Forest is a pioneering applied R&D project bringing together farmers, companies, researchers, consumers and NGOs to create innovative agricultural models that will improve cocoa quality, increase the productivity of cocoa trees and improve producers' quality of life while protecting the environment

36 experimental plots

created with 23 producers in the regions of Duarte, San Cristobal and Espaillat

4 innovative agroforestry models

being tested