Cambodia on the world cacao map
Before we started as the first cacao farm in Cambodian history, French colonists of Indochina made some attempts – at the end of the 19th century – to start growing cacao in Vietnam. Because of the disappointing results they never expanded it to Cambodia. Eventually, they also gave it up in Vietnam (but cacao was successfully re-introduced in Vietnam in the early 2000s).
In 2014 our Cambodian company Kamkav Farm chose the forested province of Mondulkiri to launch cacao in Cambodia for the very first time. The initiative almost failed due to a devastating drought in 2015. We lost almost all of our trees. We were knocked out but decided to start all over again and our perseverance was finally rewarded at the end of 2018 with our first cacao pods. Now we can proudly say that we put our Kingdom of Wonder on the world map as the 67th country that is producing cacao. And not just cacao, but – thanks to the organic approach, the red soil, the altitude and the weather conditions in general – cacao that has a unique flavour profile: not sour, but nutty, floral and above all a cacao flavour!
As from 2017 we only use organic fertilizers like cow manure. We now also have our own small cow farm with the first 12 cows. We create compost on several locations in the farms where we mix organic material and cow manure.
We battle insects and fungi with our own formula of cooked leaves and bark from the neem tree; we use chickens to keep the amount of termites in control and we use stingless bees for pollination of the cacao flowers.
Mondulkiri is plagued by deforestation due to the high prices Vietnamese and Chinese companies pay for tropical timber. We try to bring back some forests by intercropping our cacao trees with banana, avocado, durian, jack fruit and shadow trees like Leucaena and of course Neem trees.
Ecocert in Singapore has inspected our farms and we expect to get the organic certifications EOS and NOP in August 2020.
Elephants and Bunong Tribes
Once the domain of thousands of tigers and elephants, Mondulkiri is now home to only 250 wild elephants and 50 captive elephants, mostly owned by Bunong tribe members. The last tiger has been seen more than a decade ago.
An estimated 20,000 people are still considered to be a member of the handful of tribes that still live in Mondulkiri. Most of them are members of the Bunong tribe. If you like to visit Mondulkiri and want to swim and bath with elephants, than the local, mister Vanleang of Mondulkiri Tour is a good start: +855-(0)12 82 80 46
Who Are We?
Meet the people behind Cambodias first Cacao Farm.
Chief Cacao Operations Officer
Nursery Manager and Team Leader
Assistant plantation manager