Cocoa Alliance to El Salvador

Cocoa Alliance to El Salvador was developed in response to the country's most pressing development and environmental challenges. Grown on a national scale, cacao has the potential to increase the country’s biodiversity, restore degraded ecosystems, improve the quality of soil and water resources, and foster the potential for adaptation in the face of present and future extreme weather phenomena. Cacao agroforestry systems (AFS) have the potential to increase producer income and employment opportunities, generate multiple income streams to improve household economic security, and create non-farm small business opportunities for rural women and youth. Cacao AFS may also represent part of the solution to the coffee leaf rust crisis in El Salvador, particularly among smallholder producers at lower elevations for whom coffee is becoming increasingly less viable given the effects of climate change. Cocoa Alliance to El Salvador is implemented by a consortium of partner organizations led by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and integrated by Lutheran World Relief (LWR), TechnoServe, CLUSA-El Salvador, and Cáritas. The project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID - El Salvador) and the Howard G. Buffet Foundation. The Government of Mexico will also provide its technical support. Likewise, the Alliance will work with local and international research institutions to create technical capacity, promote research and development of human capital, all areas that are key to revitalize the cocoa sector.

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1: Promote a policy framework that provides incentives, and specialized research and extension services for the development of a national cacao sector 2: Support 7,000 small- and medium-sized producers to establish and maintain productive and profitable cacao agroforestry systems 3: Restored biodiversity and increased resilience to climate change through producers’ improved farm management and use of natural resources 4: Strengthen producer organizational processes and linkages for engagement in the cacao value chain

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LWR's added value in the Cocoa Alliance consortium comes from its long expertise on capacity development of local organizations, LWR provides technical assistance to producers to improve their productivity and strengthen their business skills to established long term market linkages with international buyers and other value chain actors. LWR will work with a total of 2,500 cocoa producers (250 of them women).

Cross-cutting issues



  • El Salvador>Ahuachapan
  • El Salvador>San Miguel
  • El Salvador>Santa Ana
  • El Salvador>Sonsonate
  • El Salvador>Usulutan


  • Agriculture
  • Environment
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