In view of the starting Nativo Project, Choba Choba recently visited the Universidad Agraria de la Selva (UNAS) in Lima, Peru. The two parties initiated a research partnership to conserve and re-produce the ‘nativos’, ancient and indigenous cocoa species that grow in the wild.
They also decided to cooperate on other agronomy topics such as organic methods to fight the Plague ‘Carmenta’ that is affecting cocoa trees in the whole Department of San Martín.
Choba Choba further hired an expert consultant in nativo cocoa to support the planning of the nativo cocoa conservation center and research. She already visited our two farmer communities in Pucalpillo and Santa Rosa and impressed the farmers with her profound knowledge of these ancient cocoa varieties as well as her dancing skills.