Values / Objectives
Values and Principles
- Members, directors, and staff act as responsible stewards of this nonprofit organization. We strive to ensure that our fundraising supports cocoa farmers and recognize that these funds belong to the Grenada cocoa growing community at large, and eventually other farming communities.
- All parties to any decision will be treated with respect, integrity, honesty and humanity. We are committed to fostering an environment where a diversity of opinions will be encouraged.
- We are accountable to each other, to the island community, to our donors, partners, and to the public.
- We demonstrate respect by soliciting input and decision making from local islanders, with awareness and sensitivity to their economic realities and cultures.
- CFFI values clarity, coherence, and simplicity in communications. Members listen and seek to learn from others.
- to assist in the conservation and management of shade canopy agriculture (forest gardens)
- to support tropical forest biodiversity while at the same time providing a lucrative crop for the agricultural community
- to support existing farms by: clearing cocoa gardens of debris left after the 2004 hurricane; maintaining drainage ditches; and replanting under-story cocoa trees, and shade canopy trees.
- to provide jobs to attract young people back to the agricultural sector.
- to facilitate transportation of cocoa beans from the individual farms to the cocoa stations.
- to identify, locate and map cocoa cultivars with more desirable gastronomic profiles and higher economic value.
- to administer capital to strengthen the cocoa nurseries in order to graft and propagate trees of high quality gastronomic profiles
- to provide equitable access to shade canopy management techniques, and current best practices in cocoa growing.
- to provide a CFFI field officer to set up systems, communicate and educate the cocoa farming community