In 2021, 85 Ecuadorian farming families who are members of the "Unión Regional de Organizaciones Campesinas del Litoral" - UROCAL - obtained a payment of USD 4,100 per metric tonne (MT) of organic cocoa, a price 39% above market prices.
The sale closed with Ethiquable rewarded the good practices of the organisation, as well as the quality and productivity standards achieved by UROCAL with the support of the Maximising Opportunities for Coffee and Cocoa in the Americas (MOCCA) programme of Technoserve and Lutheran World Relief, implemented by Rikolto and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
In the second half of 2021, Ethiquable purchased 23MT of organic cocoa from UROCAL, provided technical assistance to producers and supported them with the purchase of organic inputs.
Ethiquable is a cooperative that supports small organic and fair trade producers, maintaining commercial ties in 20 southern Andean countries such as Ecuador, where the alliance with MOCCA was born.
In 2020, this alliance was established with the programme to improve farm management through complementary training for farmers.