The Hershey Company and cocoa supplier Agroindustrias Unidas de Cacao SA de CV, a member of the Ecom Cocoa Group, have launched the Mexico Cocoa Project, a 10-year, $2.8m initiative to reintroduce cocoa growing in southern Mexico and help restore the country’s beleaguered cocoa farming industry.
During the next decade, Hershey and Ecom will provide training in farm renovation and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and will distribute disease-tolerant cocoa trees to renew 1,000 hectares of farmland.
The programme intends to quadruple family incomes and contribute to the worldwide supply of sustainable cocoa.
Source: The Hershey Company
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