ORIGIN TYPE: Cooperative what’s this? 40 members, Established 2014
APECMU is a small cooperation with only 40 members operating at the eastern slopes of the Andes in Peru. All farmers plant cacao in agroforestry systems that improve soil and save biodiversity. Rainforest owned by the farmers is actively protected! The cooperative is organic certified for the European Union, and farmers work on levels that are much stricter than demanded by the official standards. Since APECMU could not get fair prices on the ground, inspite of the certifications, PERÚ PURO was founded in 2015 in order to give the farmers access to the international cacao market.
LAND & PRODUCTION
TOTAL ORIGIN SIZE: 880 total Ha
120 Ha. of Cacao
80 Ha. of other crops
680 Ha. of Forested Conservation Area
PRODUCTION CAPACITY: 10000-15000 kg/year
PROJECTED PRODUCTION CAPACITY NEXT YEAR: 15000-20000 kg/year
CERTIFICATIONS: Organic EU
VARIETALS: Original Chuncho; Forastero; CCN-51; ICS-95
OTHER CROPS: coffee; achiote
Provide the farmers a better market for thier ecologically produced cacao, so their efforts to reforestate and protect the pristine rainforest can be recompensed.
The central fermentation and ecological farming and relatively small quantities increase the transaction costs. This makes is difficult to compete with mass produced conventional cacao sources.
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