Through MOCCA in Ecuador, Lutheran World Relief and Olam Ecuador joined forces to offer a matching grant that benefits 650 small scale producers in the provinces of Guayas, Los Ríos, and Esmeraldas.
65-year-old cacao farmer Luis Olmedo Garcia Gómez and his family directly benefit from this private sector partnership. His family has been dedicated to cacao cultivation for three decades in the San Alejo community of Guayas.
Before MOCCA, Garcia lacked knowledge about pruning and fertilization practices, and he struggled to afford specialized tools or additional laborers. Now, in just two years of Matching Grant Program support, Garcia has already been able to rehabilitate a quarter of his cacao plots.
MOCCA accompanies cacao farmers in improving pruning and grafting practices, supplying specialized tools to accelerate the rehabilitation of unproductive cacao plots. Many of these farmers, like Garcia, are also able to generate additional income when they are contracted for their grafting services.
“Thanks to the delivery of mechanized pruning tools, I continue to rehabilitate my farm gradually. I am currently part of the team of grafters trained by the project, and I provide grafting services to my farmer neighbors,” Garcia says.