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The technical assistance methodology aimed at farming families is based on a theoretical-practical education plan for adults, the primary purpose of which is to increase productivity and improve the quality of cocoa while incorporating an intercultural approach (adapted to the reality of three Amazonian regions). Technical assistance comprises the following activities:

1 Group Training

Educational sessions delivered by the Alliance’s technical staff, where make and female farmers alike develop their knowledge on good agricultural practices in cocoa. Trainings are divided into theoretical sessions and practical sessions. This way, participants can reinforce their knowledge in a didactic way and return to their parcels with greater knowledge to improve their crops.

As of November 2020 San Martín

15,638 Farming families

have participated in group trainings.

Men 11,408

Women 4,230

2 Field Days

Theoretical-practical educational sessions where participants are divided into 4 groups and are assigned a temporary station. Groups spend around 30 to 40 minutes on each station.

Each station develops a different theme: soil nutrition, timely pruning, integrated pest management, plant density and irrigation for cocoa, financing, gender or agricultural technology; pursuant to the area’s needs. This affords male and female farmers the opportunity to ask specific questions about their cacao crops.

As of November 2020 in San Martín

5,776Farming Families

have participated in group trainings

Men 4,393

Women 1,383

3 Technical Visits

The Alliance’s technical team carries out personalized visits to farmers in order to evaluate the application of good agricultural practices, offer any recommendations and provide advice to the cacao plot owner.  This way, any technical-related questions can be addressed in a personalized manner, promoting the increase of crop productivity.

As of November 2020 in San Martín

8,313Farming Families

have received technical visits

Men 7,271

Women 1,042

4 Model Farm Visits

Seeing is Believing! Producers interested in upgrading their skills and capabilities can visit farmers utilizing the integrated technology package within the Alliance market linkages to replicate on their own plots.


The Schools of Excellence in Productivity seek to achieve higher yields of excellence among the families partners to the Alliance, providing both male and female farmers with the knowledge required to achieve it. The Schools of Excellence include the participation of technological partners and suppliers of inputs, as well as the participation of the financial partners.

Schools of Excellence in Productivity teach about good cacao agricultural practices, access to financing, the implementation of agricultural technology, as well as business and gender approaches. This way, the Alliance ensures that participants obtain the necessary knowledge to increase their productivity, improve their income and ultimately grow professionally. The aim of these Schools is to transform agricultural leaders from different communities, into technological agents; an agent of change within their communities who can duplicate and share what he or she has learned at these Schools, bringing the technology to more farming families.

As of November 2020 in San Martin

552Farming Families

have participated in schools of excellence in productivity

Men 437

Women 115

The purpose of the Schools of Excellence is to provide farmers with the necessary tools to become a Technological Agent.

Who Participates in the schools?

Technological partners/Input suppliers:






San Fernando

Financial Partners:



Financiera Confianza

Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Tocache

Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Norandino

Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Prisma

The agent has the ability to adapt and transfer the knowledge gained in the Schools of Excellence in Productivity provided by the Peru Cacao Alliance and its private technology and financial partners.

How does this model work?

A farmer finally becomes a Technological Agent when he or she has finished all four stages of training:


Comprehensive nutrition of soils and timely pruning

Conventional or organic fertilization and timely pruning.


Integrated Pest Management

Control of pests and diseases


Personal Development

Leadership skills, gender approach and confidence in themselves.


Business management

Financing and investment in their rural businesses, financial education, applying for loans and training in digital inclusion.

Upon completion of the training modules, farmers are familiar with the technical package they will offer, have established a relationship with our private partners, and are ready to develop a market in their communities.

The Agent will be able to properly manage their own plot, demonstrating what can be achieved by applying the good agricultural practices learned.

The Schools of Excellence trainings will help the Technological Agents to identify their markets, that is, they will be able to recognize who are the potential clients within their own community. This market approach is included in their training.


The Technological Agent will be prepared to manage their own business once they are able to identify the demand for the products and services required in their communities.

For example, some of them may become local distributors of fertilizer, organic compost or pruning machinery.

What will add value to their business is that they themselves will be able to provide the necessary technical assistance to other cacao farmers (potential customers). This will enable them to establish a close relationship with said farmers, monitor their progress, and identify the demand for inputs necessary to increase productivity.

Also, the Technological Agents will be prepared to provide pruning, land preparation and pest control services. They are a specialized workforce for those farmers who require special attention in these areas.

It is important that they manage their own businesses close to the markets they have identified so that they are always available to their customers, and, in turn, they can develop a loyalty strategy for the products or services they offer.

As of November 2020 in San Martin

49have been

potential Technological Agents


Men 46

Women 3


The Peru Cacao Alliance promotes the Technological Agent training model with the purpose of leaving behind a sustainable legacy for such farming families who have belonged to the Alternative Development program for over fifteen years.

The Alliance considers that, in the areas of consolidation farmers are ready to become agricultural entrepreneurs able to duplicate the technical assistance (knowledge and skills) required to increase productivity and, therefore, their income

Cacao farmers must be linked to safe and reliable value chains. The Alliance will facilitate the connection to private company partners, who will remain there even after the International Cooperation has left the areas of alternative development.

The private sector will remain in these regions because they have found a niche market which they can serve. It sees an opportunity to expand and, therefore, a market to whom it can offer agricultural solutions. Also, the private sector believes that it is important that the farming families escape from poverty so that the supply chain continues to be profitable.