We're using regenerative agroforestry to combat climate change. Help us transform the chocolate industry and save the forests.
Because of monoculture practices, 24% of global greenhouse emissions can currently be attributed to agriculture and forestry.
If we don't change farming practices from monoculture to agroforestry, within 60 years, healthy soil could disappear, destroying our planet's ability to regenerate.
If the global cocoa industry transitioned from monoculture to dynamic agroforestry, more than 2.5 gigatons of CO2 would be redirected from harming the atmosphere to regenerating the soil.
Agroforestry supports biodiversity and mitigates climate change. By planting a diverse mix of trees and shrubs around the cacao crop, it mimics an abundant forest ecosystem, creating long-lasting benefits for the planet.
We believe in the power of regenerative agriculture. A way of farming that's not only resilient to climate change, but actually has the potential to reverse it. A way of farming that respects our incredibly valuable soil and respects the human beings who grow our food. A way of farming that's not new, but has been used for centuries by indigenous people living in harmony with nature.
Our mission is to help farmers transition their crops to regenerative agriculture, and to make this model available to the entire cocoa industry and beyond, expediting adoption within global supply chains through advocacy and education.
Our projects are focused on 3 main initiatives:
Creating demo plots that aim to prove regenerative agriculture methods can yield 6x more revenue than cattle farming and prevent deforestation in the meantime
Experimenting with ways to successfully grow breadfruit alongside cacao trees, a nutritious crop that can be consumed locally by farmers that work on the land and their communities.
Training farmers in regenerative agriculture, and helping to renovate & improve conditions on farms through tree nurseries.
Analyzing the reality of the costs associated with transitioning a farm from conventional to regenerative agriculture to provide transparency and improve methods across the industry.
In 2021, the Alter Eco Foundation seeks additional projects that support transition to regenerative agriculture. Projects must have a positive impact on both planet and people working the land. To begin your application process, please complete this form by March 15, 2021.
Since 2015 she has worked with agroecology and agroforestry, regenerating her family's old cacao farm (Finca Tierra Negra). She also coordinates Clif Bar’s Living Income Cacao Project in DR since 2017.
Carla is also a lecturer in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.
Owner of Finca Luna Nueva in Costa Rica, which teaches agroforestry and other forms of regenerative agriculture (www.fincalunanuevalodge.com). Tom is also past board chair of the Greenpeace Fund USA.
Since 2005, Gero helped transition to sourcing all Dr. Bronner’s major ingredients directly from certified fair trade and organic projects. The brand has become a pioneer in the global movement to establish socially just and environmentally responsible supply chains.
Larry oversaw advertising for companies like Coca Cola and Nike while also serving on environmental boards like Greenpeace. He is a Sr Fellow of Social Entrepreneurship at USC’s Business School and served on Obama’s White House Committee on Social Innovation.
For the past 11 years at Alter Eco, Antoine has led sustainability and innovation always seeking a more positive impact at every step of the company’s supply chain. From carbon footprint reduction strategies to compostable packaging, and now focusing on regenerative agriculture.
The Erol Foundation dedicated to funding environmental and social justice projects globally, has committed multi-year funding to launch and establish the Alter Eco Foundation in its first few years of operation.
Multiplier is Alter Eco Foundation’s fiscal sponsor and a California-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that accelerates impact for initiatives that protect and foster a healthy, sustainable, resilient, and equitable world.
GIZ is one of the main funders and coordinators of the FINCA+ project at the Unocace cooperative in Ecuador. GIZ is a service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work.
Coop is one of the main funders and coordinators of the FINCA+ project at the Unocace cooperative in Ecuador. As the largest retailer in Switzerland with a 150 year history, the Coop Group is now dedicated to sustainability at many points of its supply chain.
Ecoptop is a team of dynamic agroforestry experts, part of the FINCA+ project at the Unocace cooperative in Ecuador. Ecotop is a consultancy firm that offers services in the area of rural development and sustainable agriculture based on natural ecosystems.