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Reviving the coffee and cocoa plantations of Mexico

Shade grown cocoa trees, bottom right. “The management of cocoa under shade, not only helps us to maintain biodiversity but also to maintain the microclimate, water services and stop the deterioration of the landscape”, says DERMAC project advisor Luis Villafuerte.
The Indigenous Organic Producers Zoques AC includes the organization’s motto “Respect for nature and the hands that work it.”
A variety of trees grow at the Indigenous Organic Producers Zoques AC cooperative nursery.
Today, with 20 community nurseries and techniques such as the vermicompost leachate, a compost tea made by worms, the slopes are green again.
The Small Grants Programme (SGP) is working with UNDP in Mexico to revive coffee plantations devastated by blight. The initiative, financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), provided training for coffee farmers, so they can improve their incomes while working with nature.
Drying coffee in Ocotepec, Chiapas, Mexico.
Have coffee or chocolate today to take care of Mexican biodiversity. Photo: nadyatess/Shutterstock

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