The Madagascar story
Sambirano Tsarafandray cacao is organic certified; no pesticides and only natural
fertilizers are used in its production. Cacao trees grow under the canopy of indigenous
shade trees together with mango, banana, vanilla, pineapple, peppers and other
crops. Sustainable agroforestry systems like these form a buffer zone protecting
Sambirano’s natural rainforests. This is much needed; over 40% of Madagascar’s forests
have disappeared over the last 60 years and the remaining forests are fragmented.
Deforestation and soil erosion are a major threat, reducing the ability of farmers to
produce enough food. With the help of the Rainforest Alliance cocoa farmers in the
Sambirano Valley plant new trees to battle soil erosion, protect remaining forest
fragments and restore the natural landscape of the valley.