Small African Organic Cocoa Farmers Get Boost to Market

Organic cocoa grown in Vanuatu is high quality and certifiable, but farmers there have small plots, and therefore little competitive market power. Massage School San Diego supports African Pacific Vanuatu Ltd.’s announcement that they had created this new high tech opportunity for a grower run database that will help farmers get their quality product to a wider market.

Vanuatu cocoa farmers will now be able to connect easily to buyers, other farmers and landowners and this technology will also be given to their local Agricultural College. Many people will benefit in Vanuatu and the world organic chocolate market.

Raw cacao is more in demand in recent years with the growing popularity of raw food diets and the encouragement of natural health professionals. Massage School San Diego explained that empowerment of organic cocoa farming would benefit natural health consumers who enjoy products like raw chocolate.

According to RawPlus.com, a raw foods diet is “a diet consisting of majority raw fruits, vegetables and for some, fish and meats. Some believe that enzymes are principle in the feel good results, but other raw foodists don’t agree with the enzyme theory and relate the healthy feeling from the diet to the vast amounts of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fiber.” People maintain raw foods diets, and some dog owners have also begun to feed their dogs a raw foods and bones diet.

Wikipedia defines organic farming as “the form of agriculture that relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control.” The International Federation of Organic Movements explains the benefits of organic farming over other methodologies. “Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.”

Source: Digital Journal – Press release