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As Mamano customers may already know, the cacao used in Mamano chocolate isIndigenous smallholder farmers in the Ecuadorian AmazonbyAgroforestry system with high biodiversity (= "chakra" in the local language)is cultivated in
Our cocoa has a variety of usesTrees for fruits, herbs and woodetc., but in fact, manybiosphere reserveor,A national park with untouched primeval forestbecause it is located nearMany native species grow naturally in cacao “farms”You can find out what you are doing.
The “farm” in this area is one that you might imagine.quite different from a typical farmI don't think so.
And, of course, chakras (the local name for traditional agroforestry) don't just live in plants.
Organic farms, visited by so many animals and completely free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers from the regionenjoying
Now, in this seminar,Animals you can meet in the Chakra-Agroforestry systemI would like to focus on
Some come from the surrounding forests and enjoy the berries, while others have embraced cocoa plantations as their new habitat. I want to talk about the relationship between humans and animals, the benefits, and the dangers that wildlife can pose.
This time, we invite Sara Alvarez from the University of the Amazon, IKIAM!
We will be talking about the animals that live in the chakras and their habits.
If you are interested, please join us at the next seminar.
Date: February 25, 2023 (Saturday) Approximately 90 minutes from 9 in the morning Japan time (local Ecuador 19:00)
Time: 90 minutes
Speaker: Dr. Sara Alvarez Solas, IKIAM University Research Lecturer
Coordinators: Uri, cocoa coordinator on the Ecuadorian side, and Ezawa, representative of Mamano, on the Japanese side
Tool: Zoom (link will be sent to those who apply)
Format: I would like to proceed happily while receiving questions from the participants.
Other: Record the speaker screen. It will be released on youtube.
About Mamano Chocolate
We, Mamano Chocolate, are a chocolate shop that offers "chocolate that lives with the forest."
Since 2013, we have been collaborating with the indigenous farmers' association in the Ecuadorian rainforest region to conserve the diversity of cacao varieties and improve the quality of cacao for about 10 years. Thanks to our close relationship with the local people, we are able to deliver to our customers genuine chocolates with rare and gorgeous aromas and complexity.
Our brands are characterized by protecting rainforests, protecting traditional cocoa varieties, contributing to climate change mitigation, protecting the rights of smallholder farmers, contributing to farmer development, Transparency underpins them. Introducing our concept of “sustainability”.
1. Conservation of cacao variety diversity
One of our goals is to buy traditional varieties of cocoa at a higher price and to motivate farmers who harvest them to continue harvesting them.
Second, biodiversity and deforestation
The cacao handled by Mamano is not the so-called monoculture, but the cacao cultivated using traditional Agfoforestry farming methods. In this farming method, many kinds of crops are cultivated in a form similar to a natural rainforest, and since no pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used, it has a positive impact on the land, rivers, and seas, as well as on animals and nature.
Third, climate change
Traditional agroforestry farming does not require cutting down trees to harvest cocoa, thus maintaining forests that absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping to mitigate climate change.
Our policy is to deliver delicious chocolate in a sustainable way.