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our Projects

We cultivate a fair, transparent and personal working relationship with the cacao farmers in the countries of origin. Furthermore, we support them with social and financial projects that are beneficial to nature and offer economic opportunities to the local community.

Project 1 + 1

Not only Felchlin, but also their customers support the cacao farmers in the Sambirano region of Madagascar with invaluable and direct support: Felchlin pays the cacao farmers 2 Swiss francs per kilogramme of couverture sold: one franc comes directly from customer income, 1 franc from Felchlin. The local cacao farmers have a say in deciding how the money will be invested in agricultural, forestry or social projects in the region.

School Project in Madagaskar

Building a new School

Felchlin is supporting the people in the Ambalavelona-Ambanja source area with a school that was built in 2014 in the north of Madagascar.

Suitable teaching materials

In addition to building the new school premises, Felchlin designed and financed suitable teaching materials in the form of study books for the pupils in Ambalavelona and the surrounding area. They explain how cocoa is grown, so that young people gain important knowledge in the area of regional agriculture and the cultivation of premium cacao.

Supporting the local Population

The aim of the project is to facilitate young people's entry into working life, to enhance the creation of value in agriculture for the regional population and to foster education in the region as a whole.

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Sambirano tree nursery Project

Setting up a tree nursery

In 2017, Felchlin launched a project for the women’s community in Ambalavelona, a village near Sambirano in Madagascar. The aim of the project is to support the local women’s community in setting up a tree nursery for cacao trees.

Putting our own social Projects into action

The project will create an infrastructure for raising young cacao trees. This allows each farmer to increase the number of his cacao trees and make the best use of the available land. The project will preserve and improve the farmers’ income in the long term.

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Tree Project in Ecuador

Growing Cacao Trees

By working directly with the cooperatives and cacao farmers in the regions of origin, Felchlin ensures that the cacao meets the highest quality standards and is grown under fair conditions.

Felchlin has been directly supporting the planting of young cacao trees in the Aprocane cooperative with the tree project in Ecuador since 2014.

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Henrris Castillo Mina, a trained forester, is the on-site project manager. He attends to the seedlings with the utmost care and draws on his knowledge of sustainability and the best locations for the plants when planting the several thousand cocoa trees.

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as a reliable buyer, Felchlin guarantees Cacao producers a fair price, which enables the Sustainable and Careful Cultivation of the raw ingedient.

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Felchlin Cacao Fund

Felchlin's Cacao Fund is used to support schools, stem the rural exodus, procure cacao plants and generally improve quality, while sustainably supporting people and nature in the region of origin. For every tonne of cacao sold, Felchlin transfers a contribution to a foundation account set up for this purpose. The following projects have already been successfully implemented thanks to the Cacao Fund:

Project Catie

The Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) in Costa Rica is working on improving the virus resistance of cacao fruits and researching into new quality concepts and ways of improving cacao’s adaptability to climate change. Felchlin is participating in the research, whilst helping implement the results at the local plantations to ensure healthy harvests and enhance the income and living conditions of the farming families in the region.

COMPOSTING IN GRENADA

Thanks to support from the Cacao Fund, Grenada received a local composting facility. A significant step towards successful value creation in agriculture and a long-term benefit for the natural environment and the farmers: high-quality compost firstly conserves the soil and secondly stimulates growth on the cultivated land.

Support Ecuador

Local workers are provided with extensive training in the use of tools and machinery with the help of the Cacao Fund. This includes learning about maintenance and repair of tools, and even designing their own implements.

Felchlin school

Felchlin is involved in the financing of schools and regional infrastructure as a means of sustaining the entire socio-cultural environment of cacao farmers. In doing so, it makes a valuable contribution towards building a future for children and young people.

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Felchlin Cacao Fund

Felchlin's Cacao Fund is used to support schools, stem the rural exodus, procure cacao plants and generally improve quality, while sustainably supporting people and nature in the region of origin. For every tonne of cacao sold, Felchlin transfers a contribution to a foundation account set up for this purpose. The following projects have already been successfully implemented thanks to the Cacao Fund:

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Project Catie

The Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) in Costa Rica is working on improving the virus resistance of cacao fruits and researching into new quality concepts and ways of improving cacao’s adaptability to climate change. Felchlin is participating in the research, whilst helping implement the results at the local plantations to ensure healthy harvests and enhance the income and living conditions of the farming families in the region.

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COMPOSTING IN GRENADA

Thanks to support from the Cacao Fund, Grenada received a local composting facility. A significant step towards successful value creation in agriculture and a long-term benefit for the natural environment and the farmers: high-quality compost firstly conserves the soil and secondly stimulates growth on the cultivated land.

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Support Ecuador

Local workers are provided with extensive training in the use of tools and machinery with the help of the Cacao Fund. This includes learning about maintenance and repair of tools, and even designing their own implements.

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Felchlin school

Felchlin is involved in the financing of schools and regional infrastructure as a means of sustaining the entire socio-cultural environment of cacao farmers. In doing so, it makes a valuable contribution towards building a future for children and young people.

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by buying Cacao directly, all of our 7'000 or so Cacao farmers have been given the chance of a better life and sustainable cacao farming has been improved.

Andrew Hastick, Grenada