Since 2017, we have made investments in TEN PROJECTS, in six countries in CENTRAL and SOUTH AMERICA covering a total project area of 17,000 hectares.

 
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Through our Sustainable Agroforestry Fund (SAF) and segregated accounts, we will invest in or commit to projects up to $400 M through 2020.

 

Native hardwoods, teak, acacia, cocoa, coffee, bananas and coconut palms in sustainable agroforestry systems.

The latest technology and best agricultural practices to achieve outstanding yields and product prices for investors.

 

Organic cocoa growing under the shade of coconut palms

Located in the northeast of the Dominican Republic, this magnificent property is graced by fertile soils and natural springs coming from a protected humid forest neighboring the farm.

This 30-year-old coconut farm set across 2,132 Ha was purchased with aim of rehabilitating the established coconut palm plantation back to full productivity and to establish a 800-Ha fine flavor, organic cocoa plantation inter-cropped with coconut palms, which will be the largest in the Dominican Republic and among the largest in the world.

The farm is split between mechanizable area, non-mechanizable area and natural forests. A modern fertigation system will be installed in the mechanizable area. In parallel, new and higher-yielding coconut palms will be planted next to the aging existing ones. The coconut palms will thus keep producing nuts until the new palms start producing. The old palms will then be removed.

The farm has 843 Ha of natural forests that are and will continue to be protected, which will ensure the provision of important ecosystem services such as natural pest control, wind protection, and water flow regulation.

The entire Project will be organic certified and produce premium cocoa for export and a range of premium-quality coconut products, such as virgin coconut oil, coconut water and sugar, sold domestically and abroad.

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FARM FACTS

REGION: Nagua, Dominican Republic

SIZE: 2,132 Ha

MANPOWER: 38 in 2019 to 300 by 2021

FARM TYPE: Mixed

COCOA CLONES: CC-10, CRIOLLO-11, ICS-40, ICS-95, IMC-67, IML-44, ML-105, ML-106, ML-22, UF-221, UF-29, UF-296, UF-613, UF-676

COCONUT HYBRIDS: Chactemal, Donaji

RAINFALL: 3,000 mm/year

ALTITUDE: 36 - 543 meters above sea level

SOIL: Highly weathered Ultisols

APPROACH: Organic farming

KEY FARMING PRACTICES:

  • Inter-cropping

  • Drip fertigation

  • Habitat protection

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Ecological intensification from the ground-up

On the eastern Caribbean coast of Panama, an enclave of the afro-Caribbean culture, 12Tree is transforming 1,500 hectares of degraded grasslands using a perennial agroforestry system with regenerative potential, while protecting 660 hectares of natural rainforests.

The main operation of the farm will be the production of fine flavor cocoa and native hardwoods. We intend to plant six cocoa varieties to increase crop resilience and variety of flavors.

The farm is split between production land and forest. On the production unit, we are intercropping plantains, pigeon peas, nitrogen fixing trees (madre cacao -Gliricidia sepium) and timber trees (almendro -Dypterix panamensis), all of which are used as shade for the cocoa, but also act as protection against wind and heavy rain, provide sustenance for pollinators and insects, and reduce additional chemical fertilization needs. We are also planting 235 hectares of mixed forest with native hardwoods in the hilly areas that are not suitable for mechanized cocoa production but still have good fertility.

The remaining 660 hectares of the farm are biological corridors of natural rain forests, which have been put aside for wildlife conservation and the provision of ecosystem services. By reforesting pastures through agroforestry, we expect to enhance landscape connectivity and increase wildlife populations on the farm. A recent biodiversity assessment found Ocelots, Margays, Pumas, Peccaries, Agoutis, Coatis, Tayras, Ant eaters, and many different bird and bat species living and making use of our forests.

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FARM FACTS

REGION: Colon, in the eastern Caribbean coast

SIZE: 1,455 ha

MANPOWER: 102 in 2019

FARM TYPE: Mixed

COCOA CLONES: CATIE R1, R4, R6, PMCT58, B1 Costa Rica, Criollo - Bocas del Toro

NATIVE HARDWOODS: Almendro - Dypterix panamensis, Zapatero - Hieronyma alchorneoides, Cedro - Cedrela odorata, Mayo - Vochysia ferruginea

RAINFALL: 3,000 mm/year

ALTITUDE: 10-50 m

SOIL: Sedimentary rocks and alluvial deposits

APPROACH: integrated farming

KEY FARMING PRACTICES:

  • Agroforestry

  • Soil monitoring

  • Companion crops

  • Drip irrigation

  • Habitat protection

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Investing in a multicrop and biodiverse agroforestry farm

Finca Chimelb is a magnificent 4,500-hectare farm in Lanquín, Alta Verapaz. Chimelb is the largest cacao farm in Alta Verapaz with 250 hectares of cacao cultivation. Specialty coffee, rubber and cardamom are also grown, and 2,300 hectares of natural forest are protected.

Finca Chimelb will employ approximately 400 workers across all crops on average. As in all 12Tree farms, Chimelb complies with the national laws and pays social security for all employees. Finca Chimelb has an exceptionally diverse clonal garden to evaluate heirloom cacaos and new clones, monitor tree productivity and compatibility, and use these data to increase yields. The farm espouses environmentally friendly cultivation, planting shade crops like rubber trees to control soil erosion, planting cover crops like Brachiaria grass, and reproducing beneficial fungi to naturally restore less fertile areas. As part of the “One by One” program, Finca Chimelb has hosted multiple trainings for local smallholder farmers in collaboration with Operagro CH, and takes its social responsibility seriously in contributing to the Guatemalan cacao industry through a combination of trainings, employment, clonal development, and research into best practices for the local conditions. 

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FARM FACTS

REGION: Lanquín, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala

SIZE: 4,751 Ha

FARM TYPE: Mixed

COCOA CLONES: CATIE R1, R4, R6, PMCT58, ICS 95, CCN 51, FHIA 706, FHIA 707, CAP 34, Chimelb 11, 13, 14, 15, Theobroma Bicolor, some UF’s

OTHER CROPS: lemon, rubber, coffee, cardamom

RAINFALL: 2,720 mm/year

ALTITUDE: 350 - 1200 masl

SOIL: rocks of sedimentary origin mainly limestone; clayey, acid and deep soils of moderate to low fertility

APPROACH: integrated farming, regenerative and diverse farming

KEY FARMING PRACTICES:

  • Agroforestry

  • Multicrop

  • Habitat protection

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