Colombia: Cacao Bioandino

During the years of 2018 and 2019, the French Development Agency-AFD, carried out several studies, that identified the challenges and opportunities to strengthen the supply of fine and aromatic cacao which was certified in international organic and fair trade standards in Ecuador, Peru and Colombia. The potential to increase the supply of sustainable cacao consistently is linked to the reported supply given by the national cacao sustainability platforms (Switzerland, Germany), new entry requirements at the country level (Holland) and specific demand from chocolate companies in Europe (France, Switzerland especially). At the regional level, this project was coordinated by Agronomists and Veterinarians Without Borders and in Colombia the operator was Swisscontact.
Antioquia, colombia
Narino, colombia
Santa Marta, Colombia
Project duration
2019 - 2022
Financed by
  • Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

The project

The project aimed to promote the competitiveness and sustainability of fine organic, aromatic and sustainable cacao chain in favorable national contexts. This was done through the implementation of appropriate policies and strategies as well as through the strengthening of producer organisations' capabilities. One of the project's goals was to create synergies between actors in the cacao chain to implement actions, to promote organic, sustainable and fair-trade cacao production initiatives, valuing artisanal production and local varieties. It further promoted the exchange of experiences between the three countries to address the common challenges they face, sharing experiences and technical references and prepare agendas to implement solutions. The project was carried out with 16 producer organisations, distributed in 7 departments of the country.

There were three levels of beneficiaries:

  • Public and private actors involved in producing an agenda for the development of the special, organic and sustainable cacao sector.
  • Strengthening the National Cocoa Association of Colombia-RED CACAOTERA in its service strategy for the national platform to promote and market sustainable cacao.
  • Strengthening the capacities of Producer Organisations to develop services that facilitate sustainable production.
  • Improve the productivity, quality and performance of producers

Project partners

  • Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development


Sustainable agriculture
Sustainable cocoa connects the Colombian Caribbean with the Pacific
Swisscontact brings together leading producer organisations in an inter-regional exchange on sustainable production of high-quality specialty cocoa.