The El Salvador Cacao Alliance will help revitalize the cacao sector in El Salvador by creating partnerships among private companies, government institutions, research organizations and academic institutions. And it will work with key players to shape public policy, generate research and create incentives that support farmers. Our ultimate goal is to transform El Salvador into a well-known source of cacao for the specialty and gourmet segments of the international market.
As part of the alliance, a four-member consortium led by Catholic Relief Services, and including Lutheran World Relief and TechnoServe, will carry out a 5-year, $34.4 million initiative to support cacao production on nearly 25,000 acres. The strategy will boost the incomes of 10,000 farm families and create more than 26,000 jobs. The alliance will create a national extension service for cacao producers, provide high-quality cacao seedlings and help small-scale farmers gain access to financial services. It will also establish post-harvest handling and storage facilities for crops and, through the implementation of agroforestry systems, adopt environmentally sustainable farming practices that include soil and water conservation.
|Location||El Salvador, Latin America and Caribbean|
|Value||USD 25 Million|