How blockchain has transformed the lives of Ecuadorean cocoa farmers

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Francisco Numan Tenesharing shares cocoa from his farm.
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Ana María Villegas on her cocoa farm.
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Jorge Castillo is one of the founders and the former president of APEOSAE. He runs a cocoa nursery, which was contracted by UNDP and APEOSAE to provide 6,000 plants to the other farmers supported by the chocolate bar tokens.
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Zumbi is a small town, three kilometres away from the Association, where about 30 of the APEOSAE farmers live.
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Alex Johan Jimenez Tillaguano turns cocoa in the Marquesina, at the collection center of APEOSAE, located in Panguitza, Zamora Chinchipe. Cocoa has two important post-harvest processes: fermentation and drying. Drying is done by turning it in sunlight, and can take three to four days, depending on the weather.
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The proceeds from The Other Bar means farmers can hire people to help during the vital harvest period, and the tree planting component of the project enables more carbon dioxide storage, helping to combat climate change.

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