PRONATEC launched the YACAO project in the Yamasá region (40 km north of Santo Domingo) with local partners in 1999.
The aim of the project is to produce high-quality cocoa for export, while providing poor smallholders with an income. A unique processing center was built for this purpose. At the center, cocoa beans are fermented, dried, calibrated, cleaned and stored. The beans used in the Yacao project come from smallholders affiliated to the Fundación Dominicana de Productores Orgánicos (FUNDOPO), an organization which is Fair-Trade certified.
Partner Profile Yacao (3.3 MB)