Cocoa Farmers Working to Protect Nature | The Frog Blog: US & Canada

A Sulawesi Bear Cuscus on a cocoa farm. [Photo Credit: Najemia Tahiruddin]

On the southern tip of Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island,one of the world’s biodiversity hot spots, the fertile earth of the Bantaeng region provides thousands of smallholder cocoa farmers with their livelihoods. As part of a landscape-level conservation effort,the Rainforest Alliance has trained more than 1,500 Bantaeng farmers in methods that nourish soil health, protect nearby forests and waterways,and boost yields—thereby alleviating the economic
desperation that fuels deforestation.

This training has been vital for farmers facing the typical boom-and-bust cycle of the cocoa crop, which leaves….

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