In a pioneering initiative, we will inaugurate the Agroforestry System concept in our operations by intercropping cocoa with oil palm and açaí.
The Agroforestry system brings together crops of agronomic importance in consortium with plants that integrate the forest. We are pioneers in this concept in Brazil, growing cocoa and açaí together with the more than 75,000 hectares of oil palm already planted in degraded areas of the Amazon rainforest.
We are working together with the Executive Commission of the Cocoa Farming Plan (CEPLAC), an agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA), to take cocoa cultivation to new heights of excellence.
CEPLAC has the largest cocoa gene bank in the world and with this it will be able to carry out research and experiments that will allow the production of high quality cocoa resistant to diseases and pests, contributing to the Brazilian Agroforestry System and our business model.
Learn how we work in the cultivation of cocoa and açaí together with the Oil Palm, recovering degraded areas of the Amazon and generating jobs in the region.
Consortium cultivation of oil palm with cocoa and açaí. The objective is the recovery of degraded areas (RAD) in the Amazon region from the cultivation of native species and the capture of carbon from the atmosphere.
Oil palm can only be cultivated in degraded areas until December 2007, according to the Agroecological Zoning of Oil Palm. Cocoa and açaí, which are two species native to the region, can be cultivated regardless of the regulatory framework, accelerating the forest recovery process.
Like oil palm, cocoa and açaí cultivation cannot be mechanized, keeping people in the countryside and generating thousands of jobs in the northern region of Brazil.
The cultivation of cocoa and açaí is expected to start later this year, with about 1,000 hectares of planting in the state of Pará.
By 2030, we will have the largest single cocoa production in the world
hectares of Permanent Preservation Area (APP) and Legal Reserve (RL)
hectares planted with native Amazonian fruits by 2030
of cocoa trees planted by 2030
Our cocoa cultivation is due to start later this year. In all, 30,000 hectares should be planted with the fruit native to the Amazon. The projection is that by 2030 we will have the largest individual cocoa production in the world.