Kaqchiquel Maya Nut Harvesters


Country: Guatemala
Product(s): Bananas, Pineapples, Maya nuts, Cocoa, Coffee, Sweetcorn, Beans, Natural rubber, Papaya, Avocado, zapote, chipilin (idigenous fruits)
Description: Thanks to the land redistribution project carried out by the governent in 2001, the Kaqchiquel community now owns 500 hectares of forest. This area is located in the department of Suchitepequez, located in the southwest of Guatemala, a key area for agriculture thanks to its particularly good climate. There are about 50 families working in cooperatives producing bananas, pineapples, Maya nuts, cocoa, coffee, sweetcorn, beans, natural rubber, papaya, avocado, zapote and chipilin (indigenous fruits). This community is part of a national organic farming association that buys most of its products. Since the forest plays an essential role in the community's economy and diet, the members decided to allocate 35% of the area to a foundation in charge of its protection. Maya nuts are harvested from a tree typical of tropical forests in central America (Brosimum alicastrum). Being rich in fiber, potassium, iron, proteins and vitamins, these nuts are an important part of the local diet. Reforestation and food security projects strongly encourage the planting of this species. Text provided by Slow Food Baluarte Initiative.
Number of producers: 0 aprox.
Contact: Ebani Hernández Carrillo
Email: codemurguate@yahoo.com
Telephone: +502 57834440

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