🍫 History of Cacao in Belize | Interview with Chris Nesbitt, MMRF 🌎
Listen to Chris Nesbitt of the Maya Mountain Research Farm (MMRF) briefly discuss the history of the modern Belizean Cacao industry in this intimate interview. Conducted a few miles up river from the Columbia Village.
MMRF is one of Central Americas oldest permaculture project. It was founded in 1988 when Christopher Nesbitt bought an abandoned citrus and cattle farm. Over the last decades, it has been transformed into a very productive food forest. They have over 500 species of plants we work with on an annual cycle. In addition to our large agroforestry system, they raise rabbits and poultry, and conduct training in permaculture, agroforestry and renewable energy.
They are located 2 miles from the Kekchi Maya community of San Pedro Columbia, in the foothills of the Maya Mountains southern flank. Access to the farm is through trail, or by river.
They have beds for up to 24 students, and offer internships and training throughout the year. MMRF is a great place to intern and learn about tropical ecology and agriculture. They host a Permaculture Design Course every year.
Check out some pictures from Maya Mike's visits to MMRF!
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The Ministry of Investment, Trade & Commerce Conducts Site Tours of DPA Companies in the Stann Creek District
The companies that were visited are mainly agro-processors and farms that supply citrus and fruits for the export market.
The Stann Creek District is home to many of Belize’s export industries such as citrus, bananas and aquaculture which highlights its importance in contributing significantly to Belize’s national economy. The visits revealed the growth of Belize’s agro-processing sector and its ongoing diversification into other fruits such as pineapples, soursop and coconuts.
The Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce is committed to sustaining economic growth and enhancing quality of life through people and enterprise.