In 2004 and 2005, hurricanes lashed Grenada. These hurricanes caused massive damage to homes and businesses throughout the Caribbean; they also wreaked havoc on Grenada's rainforests and forest agriculture. The Cocoa Farmers Future Initiative has been established to aid cocoa growers as they clear and re-establish their forest gardens, add value to their crops, encourage the next generation of growers, and maintain the island's biodiversity on which the cocoa crop, like all of the island's life, depends.
The cocoa grown in Grenada's volcanic soil and sunswept tropical climate is, to many connoisseurs, one of the best in the world. The average age of Grenada's cocoa farmers is about 59 years. Younger generations are leaving the farms for the island's few cities or to emigrate in search of a better future. CFFI works closely with the nonprofit Grenada Cocoa Association to support farmers as they redevelop their lands, better their crops, apply improved techniques, and create value-added business opportunities. Revitalizing Grenada's cocoa economy gives upcoming generations the incentive to protect and maintain this rare and unusually rich tropical ecosystem that might otherwise be logged, grazed, or sold for resort development.
The Role of CFFI
Our nonprofit organization raises awareness and money to help the cocoa farmers of Grenada and surrounding island nations. CFFI works closely with the Grenada Cocoa Association (GCA), a cooperative of 5,000 farmers which has been in operation since 1964. The GCA also acts as an agricultural extension service for the cocoa community. The GCA is working to grow, ferment, market and sell high quality sustainable crops, educating through their five nurseries on the island, and promoting the current best practices in cocoa farming with good shade canopy management techniques.