The Okualas village, in the Tinombo subdistrict of Parigi Moutong district, in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia lies in the mountains, around 500 - 1,800 metres above sea level. The tortuous, winding road to the village is extremely taxing. And the road surface is badly damaged too. Nevertheless, cocoa producers are able to sell their cocoa, through a long supply chain.
Living in the mountains with badly damaged roads is a problem for farmers in the Okualas village. It is difficult for the cocoa producers to get to town to buy basics as well as agricultural production inputs. Despite being in a challenging and isolated area, Tinombo cocoa meets export standards.
Farmers use no chemical inputs for their farming practices. This means no chemical fertilisers or pesticides – they rely completely on nature in their methods for cultivating cocoa.
Their cocoa received cocoa certification from the certification agency Rainforest Alliance (RA). With this RA certificate, cocoa from Tinombo can be exported to international markets, including Malaysia, China, the United States and Europe.
In fact, the farmers from the remote Parigi Moutong district produce around 74,000 tons of dried cocoa a year. Central Sulawesi is one of Indonesia's main cocoa production centres. The province as a whole produced produced 144,358 tons of dried cocoa in 2012 (Ministry of Agriculture Data). This is second only to neighbouring province South Sulawesi, which produced 146,840 tons.