As cocoa trees get older, they produce less yield. Eventually, the tree’s crop diminishes to such an extent that the farmer needs to consider replacing it. However this represents a gap in production which places the farmer’s income at risk.


In 2010, we established cocoa tree nurseries to grow healthy, disease-resistant cocoa trees at scale. These younger, higher-yielding trees were distributed to the farmers who needed them. The farmers’ cooperatives used their practical, hands-on experience to help us manage the nurseries and planting.


In less than a decade, we have grown 12 million cocoa seedlings for farmers. This is making a major difference. Older trees may only produce 100-200kg of cocoa per hectare. But the younger trees we supply are able to produce 800-900kg in the same area. This means that the farmers gain extra income from their land at no additional cost, and we ensure our cocoa supply is more sustainable.


Latest posts