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 a testament to this commitment. The cooperative's vision, history and respected position in the Dominican make it a partner of choice for Valrhona.

In 2022, in partnership with CONACADO, Valrhona funded a project to map the plots of 243 producers who deliver cocoa to Valrhona. Once this work has been finalized, we will be able to state with confidence that our cocoa doesn’t come from protected areas. 

Dominican Republic Cocoa

2016 Partnership signature

Length of partnership : 6 years

Cooperative Type of organization

243 Farmers

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cabosses de cacao
cabosse de cacao
fèves de cacao
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Our social environmental actions together

Since 2015

Our social and environmental actions togetherPromotion 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

fleur de cacao

36 experimental plots

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

4 innovative models

of agroforestry