Peru grows around 40,000 cacao hectares mainly in regions including La Convención and Lares, Huallaga, Apurímac-Ene and Alto Marañón, all in the Eastern Andes,” according to Peru’s “Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism”:http://www.mincetur.gob.pe/PECEX/lecturas_complementarias/otras_lecturas/Cacao_en_Peru.pdf (Mincetur).
The amount grown in the Ene and Tambo River Basins however, is expected to increase with a campaign funded by the European Union and Devida, according to _Andina_.
The initiative, “Co-management strengthening between Ashaninka Communal Reserve and Ecoashaninka Executing Organization for the benefit of native communities residing in Ene and Tambo Rivers Basins”, aims to provide skills to farmers in the cultivation process.
The main objective is to reinforce recovery systems for degraded areas where these communities reside.
The activities of the initiative are carried out under the framework of the Alternative Development in Satipo (DAS) program. Within these standards, there is a focus on agriculture practices that ensure organic cacao production in eight local communities.
Regarding the campaign, Ecoashaninka Chairman Cesar Ramos Perez, said that local farmers will be able to develop necessary skills to adopt new strategies in the process of cultivation.
The project was officially launched in 2014.
To read about the history of cacao in Peru click “here”:http://www.mincetur.gob.pe/PECEX/lecturas_complementarias/otras_lecturas/Cacao_en_Peru.pdf