Sustainability

Building a sustainable future for cacao farmers

“Rizek provides its Fuparoca-affiliated farmers with advice and education on a variety of issues including grafting, replanting/conservation, child labour, rubbish disposal, non-use of chemicals and water purification initiatives..”

How FUPAROCA helps communities

Education

Fuparoca-affiliated farmers are educated on a variety of topics, such as grafting, planting, farm productivity, occupational health and safety, waste disposal, certifications and compliance standards, preservation of natural resources and conservation of biodiversity.

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Preservation of species

To raise awareness regarding preservation of these species as their best allies to fight rodents in their cacao farms.

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Community Improvements

Unique facilities conceived by Rizek to produce the best, distinctive cacao profiles. The first fully integrated post-harvest cacao processing center.

Exclusive methods and equipment for fermentation and drying, microbiological controls, highly qualified professionals and sensorial panels.

Physical and chemical parameters quality control for all batches.

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Education

Fuparoca-affiliated farmers are educated on a variety of topics, such as grafting, planting, farm productivity, occupational health and safety, waste disposal, certifications and compliance standards, preservation of natural resources and conservation of biodiversity.

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Preservation of species

To raise awareness regarding preservation of these species as their best allies to fight rodents in their cacao farms.

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Community Improvements

In our efforts to further improve cacao farmers’ livelihood, FUPAROCA develops specific projects with our strategic partners. This helps address different needs that communities have, including the provision of water filters, first aid kits, and school supplies.

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A family business since 1905, led today by its fourth and fifth
generations. The Rizek’s are cacao growers, processors and exporters.

Rizek Cacao & FUPAROCA, Inc.

In September 1998, hurricane George affected many plantations in the East and Central regions of the Dominican Republic. As a consequence, in 2001 Nazario Rizek launched PAROCA – an aid program designed to renew small cacao farms that had been severely damaged.

The purpose of the program was to plant, rehabilitate and provide free technical assistance to cacao producers in order to improve yields and quality in their farms, and to consequently transition them into organic farms.

In 2004, PAROCA was officially incorprated by Presidential decree as a Foundation; FUPAROCA Foundation.

Transforming the livehood of our cacao farmers

More than 85 per cent of cacao farming in the Dominican Republic is carried out by small-scale farmers, who cultivate plots of around 2.5 hectares on average, most of whom use outdated agricultural practices and lack the finance to invest in their plots. PAROCA helps farmers to close that gap.

“This used to mean that crop yields were low, profitability was negligible, and farmer incomes subsequently remained at poverty level,”