Welcome New Sponsor
The team at Cocoa Care would like to welcome new sponsor Master Seb, 6 years old from England.
Seb is concerned about preserving plants and really wants to help Indonesian cocoa farming families with some new, superior quality cocoa tree seedlings + 12 months of fertilizer.
It is so exciting to see the next generation of kids showing concern for the environment and communities that need a helping hand.
Well done Seb and thank you for caring!
Follow the Cocoa Care blog for Seb's tree replacement program here: http://www.cocoacare.org/blogs/supporters-page-seb-m
Visit from Rio Tinto Minerals
On October 4th, 2016 we had the pleasure of taking our new sponsor Rio Tinto Minerals (RTM) to the cocoa farms in Soppeng, South Sulawesi.
A one day field visit allowed us to introduce some of the farmers joining the RTM trial program, demonstrate our monitoring and evaluation processes, meet the Cocoa Care team, plant some cocoa trees and inspect a new soil kiosk recently established through the Cocoa Care programs. A successful day and we look forward to Rio Tinto visiting again soon.
Community Center Building
We are so excited to report that the external Cocoa Care Community Center building is finished! Some finishing touches on the inside are in progress with an official opening and handover to occur in the coming month.
As a part of the joint Cocoa Care program with IPNI, Lautan Luas and Uralkali fertilizer kiosks are being established in South Sulawesi to provide farmers with easy access to vital fertilizers and tools and other materials.
The owner operators of the kiosks are existing Cocoa Care farmers who have shown potential to become lead farmers. These farmers will receive advanced training in soil management and plant nutrition so they will be able to provide simple soil testing from the kiosk, make recommendations on a plant nutrition strategy and then sell farmers the fertilizer mix.