ECOM Sustainable Cocoa Projects

ivory_coast_project_1Ivory Coast – Improving agricultural, social and environmental practices through training and organization

ECOM’s agronomy division in Ivory Coast, Akwacao, was established in 2009 and now employs 40 farmer organization administrators and agronomists and over 200 farmer trainers. As part of its training programs, Akwacao is creating widespread demonstration farms to let farmers see first-hand the value of pruning and grafting. In partnership … read more

nigeria_projectNigeria – Training for UTZ and RA certification with a strong focus on yield improvement

Building on the successful experiences in Ivory Coast, the Yara cocoa sustainability project seeks to increase farmer yields through training in: GAP – Good Agricultural Practices Pest control Use of fertilizer Introduction of high yielding and more disease-resistant tree varieties Grafting To date, success has been significant and measurable: Six … read more

papua_projectPapua New Guinea – Cocoa sustainability initiatives in PNG are channeled through Monpi Sustainable Services (MSS)

MSS is a PNG local company that actively develops the capacity of farmers in PNG to increase yields, increase sustainability, develop and implement education programs and gain for farmers a broader market access. The MSS projects include eight large commercial nurseries producing high yielding clones. In 2012 it hopes to … read more

ecuador_projectEcuador – Training for Utz certification

In Ecuador, small scale cocoa producers in the region of Manabi have received little training in good agricultural practices and as a result most farmers encounter very low yields. In the fall of 2011, ECOM began working with approximately 300 farmers in training for Utz certification. In effort to address … read more

cameroon_projectSOCAMAK, Cameroon

The development of farmer organizations in Cameroon is significantly less advanced than in Ivory Coast or Nigeria. ECOM’s work has to-date strengthened one existing farmer cooperative by focusing initially on up-country fermentation, drying and bagging. By implementing a dryer and bagging station at the cooperative’s up-country collection station, the cooperative … read more


Mexico experienced an approximate 50% reduction in the production of cocoa since the disease moniliasis (frosty pod rot) first struck cocoa farms in 2005. Of the two cocoa growing regions in Mexico, Chiapas has encountered significant obstacles in overcoming the effects of the disease. Together with local and international agricultural … read more


Nicaragua is considered to have excellent potential as a cocoa producing country. In 2011, Exportadora Atlantic was approached by many international development organizations interested in helping farmers renovate old farms and plant new area with cocoa. In collaboration, Atlantic is developing initiatives in various regions throughout the country with over … read more

indonesia_project_1Indonesia – Training of the Sustainable Agriculture Standards

In Indonesia, the industry has seen declines in both quality and yields in recent years. This and the global demand for certified cocoa led ECOM to consider Indonesia as another country of priority for its sustainable initiatives. In 2011, ECOM hired a local Manager for Sustainable Cocoa. After identifying a … read more

new_cocoa_projectIvory Coast – Cocoa Development Centers Take Off – ECOM becomes first supply chain partner to build CDC

Comment from a guest, Peter van Grinsven, Mars Cocoa Sustainability Director of the Operations and Origins department That’s why we’re proud to announce that ECOM Agroindustrial Corporation, a global commodity trading and processing company specializing in coffee, cotton, and cocoa and one of our supply chain partners, has built a … read more