More than 1000 farmers belong to the Toledo Cacao Growers Association in southern Belize. The organization was the first in the world to receive the organic fair trade designation. The farmers who sell their organic cacao beans to the TCGA do better economically now that they are working cooperatively to market their crops internationally.
Art visits the TCGA’s headquarters where cacao is bought and new plants cultivated for planting in the rainforest. Mayan farmers in southern Belize have experienced many ups and downs in reaching their goal of producing a high quality product and selling it for a decent price on the world market. It took patience, leadership and a commitment to sustainable farming methods to build a reputation as a world leader in the organic cocoa market. Art tries his hand at all phases of cacao growing, from planting to harvesting to drying.
Wahu Kaara is a community activist with the Kenya Debt Relief Network. She traveled to UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to voice her concerns on the effects that climate change is having on African farmers.