VICENTE NORERO

21. November 2017 INTERVIEWS 2
In this blog’s first interview, we spoke with Servio Pachard, a fourth-generation Ecuadorian cacao grower. Now we speak with Vicente Norero, a fourth-generation Ecuadorian chocolate maker. Vicente’s great-grandfather emigrated from Italy to Ecuador in 1889, during the heyday of Ecuadorian cacao, before the outbreak of Witch’s Broom Disease. Vicente’s great-grandfather eventually founded one of the ...

SERVIO PACHARD

For the inaugural interview in this section, it felt fitting to speak with Servio Pachard, who I consider my mentor in this field. I first met Servio in 2007, at the annual Red de Guardianes de Semillas seed exchange, which was held in Manabí that year. It was only my second year in Ecuador, and ...

SHADE MANAGEMENT

When preparing a site for planting—well before transplanting any seedlings into the ground—one of the first orders of business is to devise a short-term and long-term shade management strategy. Cacao seedlings need at least partial shade during their first few years of growth. The standard literature recommends that young cacao seedlings are planted underneath a ...