The El Salvador National Cacao Alliance

Establish Cacao agroforrestry systems that restore and conserve biodiversity for sustainable rural development to increase income and employment opportunities for small farmers.

Cacao Alliance El Salvador

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.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, they have expanded in size to reach more than 100...

  • The Howard G. Buffett Foundation (HGBF)

    United States | Staff size: 6-25

    Established in 1999, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation (HGBF) is a private family foundation working to catalyze transformational change to improve the world and the lives of the most...

  • Root Capital

    Investment & Finance
    United States | Staff size: 101-250

    They help unlock opportunity for people in vulnerable places.

    In order to address some of the world's most fundamental challenges—feeding the future, preserving the planet,...

  • TechnoServe

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 501-1000

    TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. They are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to...

  • Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 51-100

    Lutheran World Relief (LWR) was created in response to U.S. Lutherans' desires to find ways to send aid to Europe after World War II. Every day in 35 countries, LWR works to combat the causes of...

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Key Information

LocationEl Salvador, Latin America and Caribbean
  • Start Date 2014
  • End Date 2019
  • ValueUSD 25 Million