Project 1 + 1
Not only Felchlin, but also Felchlin clients, directly and valuably support cacao farmers in the area Sambirano in Madagascar. For every kilo of couverture sold, Felchlin donates cacao farmers two Swiss Francs, one from clients and one from Felchlin. The local cacao farmers help decide which regional agricultural, ecological or social project receives financial assistance.
Project Yayra Glover
Cacao from Ghana
Felchlin has sourced cacao from Ghana for many years. The project "Yayra Glover" enables Felchlin to obtain the raw ingredient directly, nurture a transparent relationship with the cacao farmers and specifically guarantee the origin of all the sorts of cacao.
"Father" of the project Yayra Glover. The Ghanaian studied and worked in Switzerland, his family also lives here. With approval from the "Ghana Cocoa Board", he is the first person in Ghana who can sell cacao from the Suhum district directly to Felchlin.
Yayra Glover aims to provide cacao from the whole district with the labels organic and Fairtrade. With this project he supports his countrymen in the growing of first class cacao and helps to secure their existence.
Felchlin purchases cacao from the Suhum-Kraboa-Coaltar district, 60 km north west of the capital Accra. The cacao area encompasses approx. 400 km2, where 2,600 small farmers grow cacao on close to 6,500 hectares of land.
Felchlin Cacao Fund
Felchlin’s Cacao Fund is used to support schools, stem the rural population exodus to cities, acquire cacao trees and generally to increase the quality and sustainability of local residents and the environment. The Cacao Fund is funded by an automatic contribution based on every tonne of sold cacao. The following projects have been realized through the Cacao Fund:
The Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) in Costa Rica is working on increasing the virus resistance of cacao fruit, new quality profiles and improved adaptability of cacao to the climate change. Felchlin not only contributes to the research, but also helps to implement the results at local plantations to increase yield, income and the living quality of local farmers and their families.
Composting in Grenada
Grenada built a local composting depot thanks to the Cacao Fund. This action is a successful added value process for agriculture and permanently benefits nature and farmers alike. On the one hand, quality clean compost protects the soil and on the other hand, improves the growth on the cultivated areas.
Cacao Fund proceeds are used to train local workers in the handling and use of equipment and machinery. The knowledge taught includes maintenance and repair of tools including the design of personal tools.
Felchlin aids in financing schools and provincial infrastructure to improve the social-cultural framework of local cacao farmers, thereby rendering a valuable contribution to securing the future of resident youth.
Because of direct cacao purchasing by Felchlin, close to 7,000 cacao farmers have the chance of a better life and sustainable cacao planting has improved. @Andrew Hastick, Grenada
School project in Madagascar
Building a new school
Felchlin supported the people in Ambalavelona-Ambanja, in the north of Madagascar with the building of a school in 2014.
In addition to building the new school rooms, Felchlin created and financed appropriate educational material in the form of literature for students in Ambalavelona and the surrounding area. The book included knowledge of how to grow cacao so that local youth learn about the field of regional agriculture and production of quality cacao.
Supporting the regional population
The project’s sustainable aim is to ease the transgression into the work force, add value to agriculture for the regional population and support education.
nursery project Sambirano
Developing a cacao nursery
In 2017 Felchlin initiated a project for the female community in Ambalavelona, a village near Sambirano in Madagascar. The aim of the project is to support local women developing a nursery for cacao trees.
Realization of social projects
The nursery will assist in expanding cacao production from an initial 8,000 tonnes to 15,000 tonnes per year. The revenue generated allows the women to complete their own social projects in their village and cover other expenditures.
Young cacao trees as an investment in the future
Due to this project, an infrastructure has been created to grow young cacao trees. Each farmer has the opportunity to increase the number of cacao trees on their farms and optimize the use of their land. The project boosts and ensures the long term income of the farmers.
tree project in Ecuador
Planting cacao trees
The direct collaboration with cooperatives and cacao farmers allows Felchlin to ensure the high quality requirements and fair conditions are met during planting of cacao trees.
Felchlin supports the tree project in Ecuador since 2014, which plants young trees in the cooperative Aprocane.
Henrris Castillo Mina
The qualified forest ranger Henrris Castillo Mina is the on-site project leader in Ecuador. He carefully looks after the seedlings and applies his knowledge about sustainability and the best planting areas for many thousands of cacao trees.
As a reliable customer, Felchlin guarantees cacao providers a premium price, which enables a sustainable and careful planting of this valuable raw commodity. @Adriana Sosa, Ecuador
From the acquisition of cacao beans to the production of couverture, independent certification bodies confirm our demand for high quality, sustainable products with the issue of internationally recognized certifications.
Individual products from our selection are distinguished with specific certifications.