Raul Nieto, is a biologist and the director of The ITAPOA PROJECT based
in the Choco region of Colombia and Ecuador.
He has been working on this project since 1989. The ITAPOA PROJECT
conbines scientific research, conservation and culture of the region. The goal
of the project is to save habitat for amphibians in danger of extinction thru
doing research, helping people cultivate organic cacao in deforested areas in
order to get a better profit and to stop selling the primary forest trees to
logging companies. They are planting African palms and trying to stop the
growing of illicit crops, while building cattle ranches for livestock.
They are making chocolate from the cacao, along with other products, and
working to find markets for the products. 
Another goal of the project is to help connect the culture and musical culture
of the region to their environment.




Grilled Banana, Mango and Pineapple with Rum Molasses
4 Organic Bananas- cut in half lengthwise, peels left on
½ ripe pineapple (organic, if possible), cut into slices about 1/2 “ thick
2 Organic Mangos, cut in half and pitted
3 Tbs. Oil
For Glaze
¼ cup dark rum
¼ cup organic pomegranate molasses
¼ cup coconut oil
2 Tbs. lime juice

To make Glaze
In a small saucepan, combine the coconut oil, rum, molasses and lime juice. Cook over
med. heat, until combined, and flavors are blended
To Grill Fruit
Brush fruit with oil and spray grill rack. Lay cut side down in grilling rack, and cook
over fire for 2 minutes. Flip fruit, brush with glaze, and cook 1 minute longer.