As we have told you before in our social media channels, Innovate UK project is really close to start! We are really excited about helping in cocoa bean fermentation for enhancing the chocolate flavour!
On Monday 6th we will be flying to Colombia! Working closely with 3 female farmers there for 9 days, first-hand learning a little bit more about their labour and cocoa passion. Also, we have planned to ask them some questions, so stay tuned to our social media channels, we will tell you about the interview as soon as we come back!
The main purpose of our project is to promote gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. This cocoa development partnership is carried out by UK & Colombia. Our business, Luisa’s, by the hand of University of Nottingham will represent UK, and Fedecacao Colombia. So proud of working with Fedecacao, it perfectly shares our business ethics and keeps in mind that the cacao farmer is the first and foremost.
At the same time, another 6 projects will also take part in the Agri-tech Challenge Fund competition, investing up to £3 million in new agriculture projects around Colombia. This projects have the principal aim of bringing innovation and new technologies from the UK to Colombia, especially to female smallholders in 17 different departments. (www.govuk.com, 2019)
If you want to read a little bit more about the projects, we attached you here the link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-prosperity-fund-agri-tech-catalyst-projects-in-colombia.
Keep tuned into our chocolate adventures and wish us a good trip!