Four years ago, captivated by the flavours of cocoa and chocolate, members of the Youth Committee of the Peruvian farmer organisation Pangoa wanted to specialise in those areas. Today they can be recognised as tasters of cocoa paste and liquor and certified specialists in post-harvesting and quality control by the National System for the Evaluation, Accreditation and Certification of Quality Education (Sineace).
José Luis Arroyo says that obtaining this certification has opened his eyes: "It has helped me to understand what type of cocoa the industry demands and what type of clients we need to look after".
Mijael Caysahuana says: "With this certification, I learned to love the world of cocoa even more."
In 2019, both were part of the first graduation of young people of the Standard of Competence "Cocoa Paste or Cocoa Liqueur Taster". The programme is organised by the Peruvian Association of Cocoa Producers (Appcacao), in alliance with the Pangoa cooperative located in Junín, and with the technical support of Rikolto.
What impact did the certification have on the young people's professional lives, and what is the footprint these new professionals are leaving in cooperatives like Pangoa? Find out more in this article.