The Relationship with the producers
Domori directly selects its producers of raw material and establishes long-term relationships of mutual growth with them. It is important that the cultivators are satisfied and are able to sell their cacao at satisfying prices. Since Criollo is a low yield cultivation of cacao, Domori focuses on training, thereby providing cacao farmers with the knowledge needed to increase productivity and maintain high quality standards. The education process is ongoing and is focused both on the botanical aspects and on what happens with the cacao post harvest, i.e. the fermentation process. Domori recognizes quality and guarantees the producers a profitable price.
The only way to make a high quality production truly sustainable, is by paying the farmers correctly: the company adds a fair margin to the price of the international market, thereby covering the production costs and compensating the farmers for their continued effort and devotion to obtaining a product of superior quality.
The collaboration with associations and NGO’s for the development of alternative crops to coca
The relationships between Domori and cacao producing countries include collaborations with NGO’s, governments and cooperatives to convert coca 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 from the Colombian government the management of land to help farmers leave behind the cultivation of coca, and to turn to the Venezuelan Criollo and Trinitario cacao plant varieties. 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.