The Cacao Project builds sustainable, regenerative, and resilient agricultural livelihoods in San Fernando, Camarines Sur, Philippines.
It was founded by Louise Emmanuelle Mabulo in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Nock-ten, which in 2016 destroyed over 80% of agricultural land and highlighted the urgency to rethink the existing food systems in the area, which have become increasingly vulnerable to extreme weather conditions brought about by climate change.
The initiative which provides farmers with cacao seedlings; a sustainable high in demand, high value, and resilient crop, as well as other short term crops such as bok choy, okra and pumpkins to intercrop with the cacao. The project aims to assist farmers to create short term income. The Cacao Project also provides training to responsibly and sustainably produce Cacao beans at a quality standard. Additionally, the initiative utilises barren lands to create productive economic forests and livelihoods for the indigenous farmers of San Fernando, Camarines Sur with the goal to build sustainable, environment-friendly, disaster-resilient livelihoods for farmers.
The Cacao Project provides all kinds of skills training, resources, interventions, and guidance for farmers, ensuring that their livelihoods are positioned to work with nature and restore their landscapes, while providing them with an equitable livelihood.