We are proud to present one of the top education programs in the world for chocolate lovers from all walks of life. Chocolate Lovers Unite (!) at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, Pier 91 in Seattle, Washington for a weekend packed with world-class workshops on chocolate! 
Saturday, November 12 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
The Future of Sustainability: what brings money to the farmer's pocket?

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This talk will focus on the reality of cocoa farming for small producers. What economic effect is created by increased premiums as compared to productivity programs? What are the questions chocolate makers should ask when they want to know if they are having real impact on the ground? Using cocoa production in Ecuador as an example, we will look at how technology can make a big impact in the sustainability of small farmers. Our model adapts innovations proven on large farms to the small farm level which allows for increases in productivity and the conversion of producers into business people, creating long term and truly sustainable impact for them and their families.

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Kate Cavallin

Country Manager Ecuador, Ecom
Kate began her adventures in cocoa as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic where she worked with a cooperative of organic cocoa farmers. With her house right next door to the processing facility of the coop, she literally lived and breathed cocoa. During her time in the... Read More →
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Pam Schreier

Regional Manager for Sustainability, Ecom
Pam started her career in sustainable development working with small honey producers in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. After briefly returning to the US to finish her master’s program, she went back to the DR to work for a local NGO on public private partnerships. In... Read More →

Saturday November 12, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Cacao Origins Room

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