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Ritter Sport ,the Chocolate co-operation
What is the background, the commitment?
The years of commitment by RITTER SPORT in Nicaragua and the development partnership between the family, the German Development Service and the Nicaraguan organization ADDAC is a good example of that RITTER SPORT organic chocolate not only good for those is that they eat the one hand, ensures an offtake agreement as well as fair prices, the RITTER SPORT guarantees, the cocoa farmers and their families a good livelihood, on the other hand, the experts at RITTER SPORT on the search for optimal resources may in itself all over the world learn a lot from their partners. For personal contact with local farmers is a key success factor for a good chocolate, and especially for a good organic chocolate.
The cocoa cultivation in Nicaragua is in the hands of about 6,500 some extremely poor family farms, which are in the cultivation and sale of cocoa entirely on their own. Due to lack of knowledge in cocoa cultivation, cocoa processing and marketing as well as a lack of quality Focuses only small quantities are produced in low-quality cocoa and achieves low prices far below world market price average. In addition, the transportation difficulties for the farmers come to sell their cocoa, which are especially caused by the extremely poor infrastructure. In addition, a migration takes place in wilderness areas, since the soil to lose fertility through mismanagement. A difficult situation for people and nature.
One approach to this situation is the dissemination of alternative and sustainable farming methods. Therefore, established the siblings Knight 1990, the agroforestry project "Cacaonica" for fair and organic cocoa farming. The aim was to improve the economic situation of farmers in Nicaragua and to help them with the cocoa farming a livelihood. This has the side benefit that the rainforest is protected due to the changed economic and business situation of the farmers, because the motivation for deforestation to pasture and arable land no longer win ..
What is the commitment made today?
Since 20 years have passed and at the other end of the world does not stand still. For this project, a public-private partnership (PPP) between RITTER SPORT, the German Development Service (DED) and the Nicaraguan ADDAC organization has developed. The aim of this cooperation is the long-term improvement of the income of cocoa farmers and protecting the environment through organic farming.
This partnership sets RITTER SPORTS continues its commitment to Nicaragua and ended at the same time the exclusive promotion of the RITTER SPORT founded cooperative Cacaonica. Instead of a singular support of a cooperative provides RITTER SPORT now all cocoa farmers - regardless of whether and how cooperative they are organized - the possibility of their cocoa for a very good price to sell.
The excellent combination of partners allowed in a short time working with 20 cooperatives in Nicaragua. For example, cocoa farmers in Cacaonica, New Waslala, Rios de Agua Viva, Bocay, Siuna, La Campesina La Campana, Muelle Los, El Rama, Tamagas, New Guinea and the southern-based cooperatives Cosemucrim, Castillo and Guatuzos already provide their cocoa to RITTER SPORT.
As the farmers are supported?
RITTER SPORT is the essential component and economic basis of the partnership. The family creates, as in the previous promotion action "Cacaonica" a fair price and the guaranteed purchase requirement and unequivocal signs of improvement and development of cocoa cultivation in Nicaragua. Each cocoa farmer receives for his bio as well as for conventional cocoa that meets the high standards of RITTER SPORT, significantly above the world market price level. A very good livelihood for the farmers.
The cocoa was adopted in the newly built RITTER SPORT, central receiving station in Matagalpa and stored. The adjacent drying station also offers the opportunity to immediately before use with an existing moisture in cocoa beans, this. At the same time get the cocoa farmers an indirect financial support. This includes for example the acquisition of the cost of organic certification. Also, transportation costs are covered. This has in the infrastructural conditions of great importance. Transportation for the cocoa farmers for buying and drying station and failing vehicles are often far too often impossible. The takeover of these costs, farmers can make their cocoa beans, where they provided will receive a fair price for their services.
Another important foundation to help farmers is to strengthen their organization among themselves, which is funded by the partners. Through the cooperation of several cocoa farmer cooperatives in many small quantities of cocoa are combined, so that better marketing is possible at higher prices.
The cocoa cooperatives receive professional advice from the agricultural partner of RITTER SPORT, the DED development workers and ADDAC. The services offered include all phases of cocoa cultivation: cultivation, harvest and post harvest. So learn the farmers, for example, that the yield is increased by 15% of a cocoa plant, if not in the harvest have ripe fruit daily, but can be harvested every 15 days. Even the most sensitive processes of drying and Kakaofermentierung require ideal conditions. From the box size to the duration of drying everything is well defined. Also at the reception and storage, the quality of the beans will be reviewed continuously. The outstanding quality is achieved by RITTER SPORT in every step of the supply chain.
Great success in a short time.
Overall, the commitment by the production of cocoa in Nicaragua has become much more efficient, higher quality and more economical. The high level of awareness and appreciation of the project made it possible in the shortest time to work with other cooperatives and farmers' families.
And nature is conserved. The use of mixed cultures for the cultivation of cocoa, for example cocoa, bananas and corn, the soil fertility is maintained and thus curb the need to create new arable land by the logging of other rainforest areas. This will protect the flora and fauna in Nicaragua, thus increasing the biodiversity, the biodiversity.