"Cocoa is a tradition in my family. This plot is our heritage", says Jessica Granillo, a third-generation cocoa producer, mother and community leader at “La Fortaleza” a farmer organisation in Manabí, Ecuador, of which she has been a member since 2011.
Jessica grew up among cocoa plantations and always wondered why, when there were women in production, there were not many women leaders in her organisation. "I believe that women are indispensable in organisational life," she says. "Since I started to be active in my base (of the cooperative), I wanted to move up. Then I could do more things and include other women producers." Her motivation took her a long way.