Written by Kate Janetski
It is always a joy visiting Cocoa Care farmers in Soppeng, South Sulawesi however this trip was extra special as the Director of Southeast Asia Program for the International Plant Nutrition Institute Dr. Thomas Oberthür joined us to scope out how we may collaborate in order to help struggling cocoa farming families.
Wednesday 01May 2013, myself along with Cocoa Carer Noel and Thomas from IPNI spend the day meeting cocoa farmers involved in Cocoa Care programs and other farmers believed to be suitable for a soil rehabilitation program.
Farmer Hamza was in the middle of planting his cocoa trees sponsored by The International Cocoa Organisation, Farmer Sumange had just recieved new trees as a part of another sponsroshop program and Darwis' farm was looking brilliant having been pruned and cleaned up.
Noel and I had planted our own cocoa trees back in January so it was fantastic to be able to check in on our trees and see how they were growing. They are looking pretty good already!
Our guest Thomas Oberthür also got to plant his own cocoa tree too! Such a nice and welcoming thing for Farmer Aris to take it upon himself to set up for us.All smiles. It was a great trip and we are looking forward to working with the IPNI to expand the Cocoa Care's work and help cocoa farming families out of their current difficult situations.