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COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND LIVELIHOODS Agroforestry

A diseased cacao pod

Throughout 2008, Ya’axché’s Community Outreach and Livelihood Programme continued to work with more than 70 farmers and their families, giving group and individual training in organic, forest-friendly agriculture thanks to generous support from the Organization of American States, among others. The sub-programme focuses on organic vegetable gardens and organic cacao production. In 2008 over 6,000 cacao seeds were distributed to local farmers and multiple trainings and demonstrations were held on cacao pruning, sowing and fermentation of cacao beans as well as integrated pest management, composting, organic vegetable production and soil testing. Ya’axché’s plant nursery was expanded and diversified in 2008, to include more species of fruit and native timber trees. A total of 15,000 plant bags were bought and 8,000 mahogany seeds were planted. Plants are available at a subsidized cost to the public, with 100% of sales redirected back into the programme to purchase composting materials and plant bags. Working directly with community members of Medina Bank, Ya’axché assisted in the creation of a multifamily organic vegetable garden that will be fully operational in 2009.

Seedlings in Ya’axché’s nursery

Outreach Ya’axché works closely with several local businesses, particularly those that manage large tracts of land, including a citrus plantation, a local logging company, and a local tourist lodge in order to encourage Ya’axché’s Outreach Officer sustainable land-use management and speaking with tourists planning in the area. Ya’axché also promoted its integrated landscape approach and helped community members sell plants, trees, chocolate, and crafts at the 2008 Toledo Tourism Exposition.

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Ya'axche 2008 Annual Report  

2008 has been a year of collaborative and integrated conservation and development actions. Ya’axché has seen effective, focused and shared e...

Ya'axche 2008 Annual Report  

2008 has been a year of collaborative and integrated conservation and development actions. Ya’axché has seen effective, focused and shared e...

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