Episode 5 - Cocoa growing
Cocoa growing runs in families' lives through generations.
A lot of parameters need to be aligned to get the most productive harvest: land organization, location, region but also about passion and patience, as its maturation takes 180 days.
Some people had one hectare, half hectare, two hectares, that’s how we started to expand cocoa farming.
Marcos Cruz, Rancheria Paso de Cupilco, Tabasco Mexico
We didn’t know how to prune it, how to graft it, so that it could gives us a good production. We had the cocoa, but it was wild cocoa.
Luz Maria Saurin, Mishki Cacao, Chazuta, Péru
The seed is the product we market. Really, the whole global chocolate industry depends on it, and therefore, its protection, and the amount of pods formed define, basically, how successful a producer will be.
Wilbert Phillips, International expert on cacao, CATIE Turrialba, Costa Rica