El Niño Harvest 2016
The year 2016 in coastal Ecuador proved to be one of the most enigmatic cacao growing seasons in living memory. Global weather services were predicting the most destructive El Niño rains ever recorded--even worse than the 1997-1998 El Niño, which flooded homes and farms and actually killed a large number of heirloom Nacional cacao trees across the region. All of us in coastal Ecuador were expecting the worst. But what ended up happening defied all predictions.