Our Relationship with the Producers
Domori directly selects its cacao producers and establishes long-term relationships with them in order to ensure mutual growth. It is important that the cultivators are satisfied and are able to sell their cacao at fair prices. Since the Criollo variety provides a low yield of cacao, Domori focuses on training, providing cacao farmers with the knowledge needed to increase productivity and maintain high quality standards. This education process is ongoing and focuses both on the botanical aspects process of cacao post harvest, i.e. the fermentation and processes. Domori recognizes quality and guarantees the producers a profitable price in order to ensure fair livelihoods.
The only way to ensure truly sustainable high quality production is to pay the farmers correctly. Domori adds a fair margin to the price of cacao on the international market, thereby covering production costs and compensating the farmers for their continued effort and devotion to obtaining a product of superior quality while protecting the biodiversity of cacao.
The collaboration with associations and NGO’s for the development of alternative crops to the Coca Tree
The relationships between Domori and cacao producing countries include collaborations with NGO’s, governments and cooperatives to convert Coca tree growing areas into cacao producing areas, thus making the plantation a source of livelihood for local people.
Domori has worked in Colombia with Asoprolan, a cooperative of coffee and cacao growers in the Montana Santandereana region, where the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes received the land from the Colombian government to help farmers leave behind the cultivation of the Coca plant used to make cocaine, and to turn them to the Venezuelan Criollo and Trinitario cacao growing plantations. Domori provided technical and training support, and increased the value of the cacao by placing it on the high-quality chocolate market. This is ultimately how it was possible to guarantee farmers a price that would persuade them to abandon Coca in favor of the cacao crop.