Feasibility study for organic cocoa plantation, Dominican Republic

General Project Information

Project           Feasibility study regarding investment opportunities in a sustainable cocoa plantation
Location         Dominican Republic
Project duration April – November 2015
Partners ForestFinance Service GmbH, Project co-funding by KfW DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH

 

Project description

The feasibility study aimed at exploring chances, impacts and risks of an investment in an organic cocoa plantation in the Dominican Republic. Core aspects included due diligence, analysis of supply and demand, competitor situation and market potential; analysis of legal frameworks and land options, elaboration of financial requirements (considering land purchase, construction of buildings, machinery, staff, certifications) and a risk analysis. The envisioned plantation is supposed to serve as a lighthouse project regarding its sustainable management practices, technology transfer and added values such as Payment for Ecosystem Services. Different scenarios like the purchase of suitable private land, a leasing system and an out grower scheme were considered. The study was funded by the KfW, Germany. The project was conducted by desk review, interviews with local and international experts, collaboration with local service providers and field trips evaluating suitable land options.

Key Services

  • Due Diligence, legal framework, land options
  • Analysis of financial requirements and evaluation of economic viability
  • Risk analysis (including economic, infrastructure, project, finance as well as market risks)

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