Event connected with our Madagascar project chocolates
With our project chocolates we promote sustainable farming of cocoa in Honduras, Ecuador and now in Madagascar too. Cocoa farmers attended the event in the Masoala Hall at Zoo Zurich and provided personal accounts of their daily routines and the advantages of farming in dynamic agroforestry systems.
Top left: Andreas Hasler, CEO Chocolats Halba, welcomes guests
Top right: Miguel (left) and Felestin enjoy the chocolate fountain with unique project chocolate.
Bottom right: The project partners (from left): Daniel Böni, Head of Purchasing Confectionery/Savoury Snacks at Coop; Johnnah Ranariniaina, representative of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) from Madagascar; Dr. Martin Bauert, Curator of Zoo Zurich; Juan Miguel Aguilera Martinez, cocoa farmer from Honduras; Felestin Radrianjafy, cocoa farmer from Madagascar; Petra Heid, Head of Sustainability at Chocolats Halba; Andreas Hasler, CEO Chocolats Halba.
Guided tour of the Masoala rainforest, direct dialogue with cocoa farmers from Madagascar and Honduras, and a tasting of the unique project chocolate – the “Madagascar event” at Zoo Zurich. The focus was on the Madagascar project, which was launched together with Coop and Zoo Zurich in 2018, and which promotes the farming of unique premium cocoa, trains cocoa farmers and relies on the use of mixed crops.
Two of our cocoa farmers attended the event: Felestin Randrianjafy from Madagascar and Juan Miguel Aguilera Martinez from Honduras.
For small-scale farmers like Felestin Randrianjafy, the fight against poverty and improving the standard of living in Madagascar pose a major challenge. It is therefore important for Felestin that products such as cocoa are promoted, while also ensuring protection for nature and the environment. His aim in farming cocoa in dynamic agroforestry is to improve his income so as to be able to retire without any worries later on.
Juan Miguel Aguilera Martinez wants to use his earnings to support his small daughter so that she can have her own cocoa plantation and enjoy a good education. “For me and my family, dynamic agroforestry is a source of income that enables me to send my children to school and make use of medical services,” Juan Miguel explains.