We have had a very close relationship with Swisscontact during the last four years. Our collaboration started with the Colombia Exports Cocoa Project, where we had our first experiences in the commercial field and could consolidate the organisation’s structures and processes. Today we are partner of two other projects and continue optimising technical aspects of cocoa cultivation to improve its quality and have access to export markets. We also aim to strengthen the commercial aspects of Red Cacaotera’s activities. Finally, we must mention the national contest “Cacao de Oro” whose sixth edition we are organising. This event is a legacy of Swisscontact's work in the sector and it will keep contributing to the quality of Colombian cocoa.
Young organisations such as Red Cacaotera naturally face challenges at many levels. Swisscontact has helped us to reach a level where we count on a solid foundation, but also feel the need to grow. Swisscontact's contribution has been training in technical and commercial issues, which has had an impact on our organisation, on farmers' associations linked with Red Cacaotera, and their families.
Solid foundations have been laid to design productive, technical and commercial models. It is time to consolidate those bases, and to start reaping some rewards from those models. We would like to continue working with Swisscontact for many more years, in order to be able to finally enjoy all the fruits of these efforts.
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