Rainforest Alliance with Indonesian Cocoa Farmers Work Together Toward Sustainability
All across Indonesia, cocoa farmers are being challenged by climate impacts, aging plants, and plummeting prices for their beans. To overcome these obstacles, the Rainforest Alliance began working with a group of smallholders in Bali, showing them how to ferment their beans, which results in a product that can earn them higher prices. As a result, more than 600 farmers doubled their income, and rural unemployment rates were reduced. The pilot project was so successful in fact that it is now being scaled up across the country, in collaboration with Karya Bersama and six other Indonesian cocoa cooperatives.
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