Nayeli dreamt of participating in one of the training courses on cocoa production under agroforestry systems, organised every year at the CURLA university in Honduras. Since opportunities for young people to pursue a professional career in her community are few, she was over the moon when she found out last year that she could participate. In the course, she learned about so much more than good crop management. Find out how Rikolto and Colruyt Group through the Collibri Foundation became part of her dream.
"I was eager to be selected to participate in the diploma courses", says Nayeli, a 21-year-old cocoa farmer in the community of Rancho Grande in the northern region of Nicaragua.
Cocoa is the main source of income for her family, which is why she and 366 other producers have been involved with the farmers' organisation Ríos de Agua Viva, which has been commercialising cocoa, basic grains and honey for 16 years.
In Nicaragua, the effects of climate change are clear.
In 2020, when hurricanes Eta and Iota of category 4 hit the country in the same month, they caused losses in all sectors. In the cocoa sector, this resulted in a 50% decrease in production volume. In the same year, the price of cocoa on international markets increased by 45%.