Government representatives, private companies, farmers, transformers, researchers and support organisations from Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador had the opportunity to receive and share information during the learning journey, based on a cocoa production and marketing model in Honduras. For this purpose, they visited the Honduran Agricultural Research Foundation (FHIA), the Agricultural Production Cooperative of Cocoa Farmers of Jutiapa, Copracajul and chocolate companies in the Caribbean and Chocolats Halba.
"We are convinced that there is a lot of goodwill among farmer organisations, the private and public sectors and support organisations to develop the Central American cocoa sector into a vibrant, sustainable and competitive sector that includes smallholder farmers. What they lack, however, is an aligned vision between different stakeholders and countries and how to put it in practice, as well as exchanging best practices. With this initiative, we have taken a first step in our collective learning journey and more intense coordination", said Karen Janssen, Director of VECO Mesoamérica.
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