December 15, 2017
THE HISTORY OF CACAO IN ECUADOR
Indigenous Ecuadorians have cultivated cacao on stewarded wild lands for thousands of years. In fact, a recent archaeological study led by Francisco Valdez found ceramic pottery dated to 3300 BC containing traces of cacao - the oldest physical evidence of cacao use that we have access to at this time.
Cacao clones growing plantation style in Ecuador
Growing small quantities of high quality and high value cacao is better for small farmers - A study in Bolivia by The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL published in 2017 found that, while cacao yields were higher in monoculture, the profits made from other crops grown along with the cacao in agroforestry more than compensated for the reduced cacao yield. They also found that return on labor was about twice as high in agroforestry systems as compared to monoculture systems, making cacao agroforestry the more profitable choice, even with smaller yields.
Multi-strata agroforestry at Finka Aekolado - Image from Terra Genesis International
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