The average age of Grenada’s 5,000 cocoa farmers is about 59 years. Younger generations are leaving the farms for the island’s few cities or emigrating in search of a livable income. Aiding the farmer with their land, their equipment, and better nurseries (and in turn, better prices for their beans) can give new generations of farmers a reason to stay in place, protecting this rare and unusually rich tropical ecosystem that might otherwise be logged, grazed or sold for resort development.
THE HOT NEW TREND: MANURE
Chemical fertilizer has tripled in price in the past year. And farmers are returning to the old ways: spreading manure on their fields instead of treating it as a worthless byproduct.
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