LOCATION: FOND DOUX PLANTATION AND RESORT LIVING OUT OF A SUITCASE, TRAVELING FROM  COUNTRY TO COUNTRY, BEACH TO BEACH, CITY  TO RURAL VILLAGE AND BACK AGAIN, I thought I  had experienced just about everything the Caribbean could  offer. Craving a retreat, desperately needing a change of  pace yet refusing to succumb to a generic “sand and sun”  experience which tends…

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Developing organically

Co-operative farming to make the difference in the Dominican Republic THE CONACADO GROUP WAS FOUNDED IN 1985  AND HAS SINCE GROWN TO BE ONE OF THE  GLOBAL LEADERS IN THE PRODUCTION AND  DISTRIBUTION OF ORGANIC CACAO. It is a holding  company with a peculiar structure, designed to work  for the benefit of their partners, most of them local  growers. Executive…

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Ripening communities

EXPLORING COMMUNITY BUSINESS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IN 1996, A GROUP OF SMALL BANANA FARMERS  CAME TOGETHER TO CREATE A CO-OPERATIVE  EFFORT TO INCREASE SALES AND IMPROVE  THEIR LIVING CONDITIONS. With the support of  Max Havelaar, a Dutch organization, they received a  certification called Fairtrade, which was well known  in coffee and only just beginning with bananas.  Fairtrade promotes fairer…

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