Do not convert forests to crops

The most important practice in the management of national cocoa crops is that it should not destroy forests.


There is a low percentage of original forests in Mexico and their destruction is increasing. The forest is home to most of the existing biodiversity in Mexico. So we have to protect it with good practices, it is not appropriate to continue replacing what remains of forests with crops.


In the country there are many places that once were fertile forests and are now poor, damaged sites. It is important to think about recovering these spaces with productive alternatives to repair this damage. This is the case of the national cocoa, because it can be suitable for the improvement of: unproductive or monoculture pastures that have become expensive and problematic.


Forests operated for at least 20 years, can be used for national cocoa farming in low densities and one should prioritize the incorporation of native timber trees.


The recently disturbed forests should be recovered, this implies exclusive planting of native species, the same that were extracted. This operation, combined with cocoa farming with friendly practices, increase the potential for maintaining biodiversity and generate resources such as wood, non-timber products, cocoa and tropical fruits for consumption.