This project is my main focus for 2018 and 2019. It follows a life changing family trip to Papua New Guinea in December 2017.
During our month long trip we met and spoke with some of the isolated cacao farmers in the East Sepik Region of Papua New Guines who depend on cocoa for their livelihood. For some it’s the only means to access medicine and education for themselves and their family.
Over the last 4 years cocoa production has been devastated by cocoa pod borer and have depleted almost all natural stock. The pest damages cocoa, causing significant yield loss. This damage makes the processing of cocoa pods difficult and significantly reduces cocoa bean quality.
It is our intention to set up an independent (non-governmental) educational and research center with a beneficial plants nursery and a cocoa bud-wood garden by mid-2019.
Should you wish to be involved or assist with this project, please don’t hesitate to connect.