An opened cocoa pod (Photo: Christof Krackhardt www.foto-organico.com)

An opened cocoa pod (Photo: Christof Krackhardt www.foto-organico.com)

A cocoa farmer opening ripe cocoa pods

A cocoa farmer opening ripe cocoa pods

Nicolas Manzueta, a cocoa farmer with Conacado

Nicolas Manzueta, a cocoa farmer with Conacado

Maria Martinez Mansueta in front of a new community water supply funded by fair trade social premiums

Maria Martinez Mansueta in front of a new community water supply funded by fair trade social premiums

CONACADO

Dominican Republic

CONACADO (Confederación Nacional de Cacao-cultores Dominicanos) is a democratically-run co-operative, which represents 10,000 small-scale cocoa producers in the Dominican Republic. Traditionally, members’ income was barely enough to feed their families, so CONACADO works to improve income and living conditions, improve product quality and strengthen community development.