Native to the Amazon, cacao helps preserve the forest intact, generate income and recuperate degraded areas. With demand outpacing production, the chain connected to the fruit in the country still lacks incentive for growth and development for local producers.
Deforestation continues to increase in the Peruvian Amazon. According to the latest information from the Peruvian Environment Ministry, 2014 had the highest annual forest loss on record since 2000.
United Cacao Company has deforested 2,126 hectares of primary forest between May 2013 and August 2014. New image reveals that the deforestation has restarted at 2015, with 150 hectares missed during recent months.