The Acopagro cooperative, set up in 1992, produces and exports cocoa beans exclusively and brings together 2,200 farming families.
This particular region of Peru, San Martin, used to be one of the heartlands of coca production. Today, the entire region has switched to cocoa production with significant social benefits, thanks in part to Fair Trade rules and the price premium generated by Fair Trade.
The cooperative also provides technical assistance to producers and has started a reforestation programme in the region. This will provide a new income for the producers benefiting from the new tree plantations, as well as the sale of good carbon.
More information on Acopagro: http://www.acopagro.com.pe