Cacao Co-operative of Bocatoreña

Cacao Co-operative of Bocatoreña (COCABO) is an organization of 1,500 small-scale cacao farmers, mostly of the Naso and Ngöbe peoples, in the Bocas del Toro province of Panama. The cooperative supports members through technical assistance to increase crop yields and quality. and has diversified through sales of bananas and pineapples, ownership of five hardware stores and the operation of a saw mill. Located on the outskirts of the Amistad Forest Reserve, COCABO offers crucial support for economic and community development through alternatives to traditional economic activities that have often led to deforestation in this critical habitat.

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