GUATEMALA - Katbalpom LachuáBack to overview
Eco-region Lachuá is a protected area in northern Guatemala, home to Q'eqchi farmers producing a cacao with an intense and complex aromatic profile with fresh fruits such as pineapple, and hints of maple and dried fruits.
The Q’eqchi Maya farmers are an indigenous minority group of which many rely on production of cacao, honey, cardamom, corn and other crops for their livelihoods. They grow their crops in sustainable agroforestry systems since time immemorial. Cacao makes the communities thrive.
Alta Verapaz, Eco-region Lachuá
Farmers receive premium prices for quality
Local added value and employement is created in the fermentation centers and on the plantation of Central Cacao, where employees have access to a decent salary, insurance and safe and enjoyable working conditions
Cacao grows in sustainable agroforestry systems, intercropping with gandul, madre cacao, timber species (mahogany and cedar)