Monday April 13, 2015, 7:30 am. The sun is shining bright. On the site of APROCA, some farmers are making preparations for the processing of the cocoa. Others are still arriving. On motorcycle, in the back of a pickup truck, by bus or on foot. Everyone knows today's agenda: the first day of pruning in the cocoa farms.
There they are: young men, women - some with their baby, members of the Association of Organic Cocoa Producers Atacames Canton (APROCA). Also some students from a nearby agricultural school join the training as part of their internship.
In the meantime, APROCA technicians had already done a checkup of the pruning tools and had loaded them into the van. We climbed in the back of the truck and took off. The beauty of the landscapes is amazing: the colors of the hills, the fauna and flora of Esmeraldas. It’s nickname the "green province" doesn’t come as a surprise. And let me not forget the warmth of the people around me. They’re all family, relatives, friends or neighbours of each other. All ride long, they laugh and tease each other.