First-Ever Fair Trade Certification for Wild-Collected Cocoa

Through the Fair Wild Certification program of Institute for Marketecolocy (IMO), the first-ever Fair Trade certification was given for wild-collected cocoa in November 2012. Most cocoa, including Fair Trade cocoa, is farmed rather than wild-collected. The Yuracaré indigenous people of the Amazon basin in Bolivia formed an association, Yuracaré Forest Cocoa Gatherers Association (ARCASY), and partnered with Rainforest Exquisite Products S.A. (REPSA), a Bolivian company that specializes in the sustainable production and commercialization of non-wood forest products, to pursue certification. Around 150 collectors / harvesters currently make up ARCASY.

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