The majority of native cacao in productoin is grown on old farms with little management. As any tree crop, cacao requires care. It’s impossible to compare the economic feasibilty of native cacao to that of cultivated cacao without first making it scalable and productive.
Researchers on the FFC project are investigating the best methods of care for native cacao from both genetic and design levels. A huge collection of native cacao have been sampled from across Peru, while research sites in Piura and Cusco are being cultivated, grafted, and designed to generate: