The geography of cocoa

Only the finest cocoa obtained directly from selected plantations

Discover the geography of cocoa
The countries and plantations of origin

Present for many years in the areas of origin of the finest-quality raw material, ICAM has established a solid, mutually beneficial relationship with cocoa farmers, and has made a financial and technological commitment to improving conditions, working methods and the quality of the cocoa. The route towards excellence in terms of product quality goes back a long way, starting from the identification of the best cocoa plantations from which to painstakingly select the pods.

The plantations
Today, cocoa is grown in 45 different countries. A total of about 3,000,000 tonnes are produced worldwide, of which 65-70% comes from Africa, 12-13% from Central/Latin America and 17% from South-East Asia.

ICAM purchases about 20,000 tonnes of cocoa a year, from Africa  (Uganda, Sierra Leone, São Tomé, Togo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Congo and Madagascar) and Central/Latin America (Peru, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Colombia).

The Dominican Republic
Farmers associated in agricultural cooperatives 10.000

Land on which cocoa is grown 28.000 hectars

Purchased Cocoa beans 6.000 tonnes/year
The Dominican Republic
The cocoa

Cocoa is one of the main crops grown by farmers in the Dominican Republic. Thanks to the high quality of its organic and conventional cocoa, the country is ranked among the top ten exporters of cocoa in the world, and tops the list for organically farmed cocoa.

Partnerships with the farmers

ICAM has established a direct relationship with the following local cooperatives: Aprocaci, Conacado, Coproagro and Rizek.
Since 1988, ICAM has been working alongside the Conacado Cooperative to implement and develop cocoa fermentation. The quality of the cocoa has improved so much it has been added to the “Fine or Flavour” list by the International Cocoa Organization (I.C.C.O.) and has obtained a series of organic certifications.

The dominican republic: a concrete ethical commitment

The cocoa
Ecuador ranks seventh on the list of cocoa producers worldwide. The sustainability of Ecuador’s eco-system is a value ICAM is committed to safeguarding.
Maquita Cushunchic Comercializamos como Hermanos (MCCH) and other cooperatives have been working alongside small cocoa farmers for over 20 years, with 22 cocoa harvesting centres scattered throughout the provinces of Esmeraldas, Manabi, Bolívar, Los Ríos, El Oro and Guayas, and accounting for 12% of national production.

Partnerships with farmers
ICAM plays a fundamental role in guaranteeing technical assistance to farmers and for obtaining quality cocoa, improving production volumes. MCCH takes care of harvesting, processing and transporting the cocoa. The economic development of the area, boosted by the collaboration between ICAM and the cooperatives MCCH and Gruppo Salinas, has a direct impact on the quality of the centre and the living standards of some 400,000 people.

Farmers associated in agricultural cooperatives 1.500

Purchased Cocoa beans 1.000tonnes/year

Land on which cocoa is grown 27.878hectars
Aprocam's associated 460Families

Acopagro's associated + Hullaga Region+2.000Families

Vrae Cocoa Growers Association 350Families

Purchased Cocoa beans 4.000tonnes/year
The cocoa
The production of cocoa is one of the main farming activities in the country, as well as a source of income for 30,000 families. Over 46,000 tonnes of cocoa are grown in Peru, with crops spread over an area of 77 hectares, most of which are concentrated on the lower part of the eastern side of the Andes, at an altitude of between 200 and 900 metres a.s.l.  

Partnerships with farmers  
ICAM has established a direct relationship with the following local cooperatives: APROCAM, ACOPAGRO Cacao Huallaga and Vrae Cocoa Growers Association.

In working along with the cooperatives, ICAM’s main aim is to improve the quality of life of their members and boost profits by improving the quality of the cocoa.
The criteria all the partnership activities revolve around are environmental sustainability, able to guarantee the conservation of the existing eco-system, and social and economic sustainability, able to contribute to the wellbeing of the cooperative members.

perù: sostenibility project
The cocoa
In Uganda, land ownership is particularly fragmented: cocoa is grown by farmers with small plots of land (1-3 acres). After harvesting the cocoa pods and extracting the seeds, farmers generally ferment and dry them directly at their own homes. This causes difficulties for family life, and has a negative impact on product quality. In addition, there is a significant risk of up to 30% of the cocoa harvest being lost as a result of adverse weather conditions during the processing stages. 

Partnerships with farmers
ICAM has founded a company with the aim of carrying out an important development project locally, Icam Chocolate Uganda Ltd. The project involves a multitude of activities: from the construction of a cocoa harvesting centre equipped with modern processing methods to providing support for farmers through training on modern farming techniques to allow them to improve harvests and make the plantations more profitable.

Uganda: sostenibility project
Farmers associated in agricultural cooperatives 3.800

Purchased Cocoa beans 2.000tonnes/year
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