|Title:||Sao Tome - Participatory Smallholder Agriculture and Artisanal Fisheries Development Programme - Dec 2012|
Organic cocoa collecting station in Monte Forte, 30 km from the capital, Sao Tome. Cocoa beans are brought to the station by partially dry and here the drying process is complete.
More than a decade ago, cocoa producers here were suffering because of falling global prices for their exports. Many abandoned their plantations. But today, with support from IFAD and its partners, 1,800 small-scale producers have a total of about 2,400 hectares under cultivation for cocoa. They all belong to the Organic Cocoa Export Cooperative, and their cocoa is certified as organic or fair-trade for sale to the international chocolate industry.
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