Ecuador: Tropical Forests among Cacao Crops

Ecuador is an area of high biological diversity, fascinating landscapes, and impressive rainforests intermixed with agricultural land. The combination of nature and agriculture is only possible thanks to the commitment of Ecuador’s people and farmers. These farmers are supported by companies like ETG and our partners that are committed to the protecting environment and improving smallholder livelihoods.

A Very Short History of Cocoa

Understanding the history of cocoa is vital for not only shedding light on how cocoa came to be the commodity it is today, but also for comprehending the complex web of social, economic, and political circumstances which make designing and implementing sustainability projects in cocoa ever more complicated.

Cocoa: An Introduction (Part 1)

The cocoa industry is complex, sprawling, and often baffling. This series is aimed at providing a lay audience with an introduction to the world of cocoa, including how cocoa came to be the commodity it is today, the economics and logistics of the global cocoa trade, and what the cocoa industry needs to do to ensure its social and environmental sustainability.

Saving Succès-fully: How VSLAs are Strengthening Women’s Economic Cooperation

The Succès Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) group was formed in 2019 in the village of Aboudé, Côte d’Ivoire. Every Sunday, forty women meet in the BECIDA cooperative director’s garden to pool their savings and take out loans. During these meetings, they share personal experiences and offer each other advice and…