The light that LAMPCO brings to farmers

As a liaison officer in San Isidro municipal hall, Loreto Davis, 57, hopes to retire early so he can focus on managing his 1.7-hectare farm with trees of cacao and coconut. With the falling prices of copra, Davis, a member of Small Coconut Farmers Organization (SCFO) in San Isidro, Davao del Norte has been planting […]

San Isidro to be the cacao capital of Davao del Norte

Local agricultural players pledged to make the municipality of San Isidro become the “cacao capital of Davao del Norte” in a stakeholders forum organized by the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) last June 19. Representatives from the local government, business sector, community leaders, farmers and PEF trustees as well as its program committee members met […]

Learning cacao

Known to have the biggest chunk of cacao production in the country, Davao region naturally boast of active cacao stakeholders, some of whom gathered in a Cacao Learning Exchange in Davao City last 23-24 November 2018.  Facilitated by the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) that has been at the forefront in supporting social enterprises in […]

Sweet success for cacao farmers

The inviting sweet aroma of ‘Sikwate’ or chocolate drink looks deliciously irresistible as it is slowly poured through a ‘batirol’ (a traditional wooden tool to make a chocolate drink), still steaming hot and mouth-watering greeted the visiting PEF team to the cacao processing and development center of Chocolate de San Isidro (CSI).  Without doubt, Sikwate […]

Where bitter turns sweet

Her childhood memory of the small hut where she and her four siblings lived together with her parents was still vivid in the mind of Jean Salazar-de la Torre, the eldest daughter of cacao farmers Ricardo and Erlinda Salazar. “Kung moulan gani, mahinumduman nako akong papa manguha og dahon sa Marang aron itapal sa buslot […]

Finding sweet success by spreading chocolate

The best way to attain a goal is by working with others who share the same dream as yours. This belief sparked the idea for a group of farmers to put up the Subasta Integrated Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Subasta) in Calinan, Davao City. With its members heavily dependent on cacao farming for their livelihood, farmers […]


Balancing the Brew of the Chocolate Business

Once considered a luxurious delight just for wealthy people, chocolate has become a household treat as middle class families with disposable incomes have grown in numbers. Fortunately, too, more socially-conscious entrepreneurs are veering towards more sustainable production and fair trade partnerships, thus opening opportunities for small cacao farmers and processors. Looking to fill the fair […]

Big dreams for Cacao Farmers in Davao

Chocolate is one of the world’s most exciting foods. From Central America—where the earliest settlers called the drink “bitter water” and revered cacao as a gift from the gods—chocolate as a drink and food additive has gained popularity as well as exotic appeal over the centuries and across the globe. Today, one of the world’s […]

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