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The story behind your chocolate bar. How sustainable is your choice?

Date: 6:30pm - 8:00pm EDT October 24, 2017

Co-founder of Agrofloresta Mesoamerica, Hugo Chavez Ayala, will provide a lecture on the generalities in cacao cultivation and how the agroforestry system where it grows can have positive social and environmental impacts. In this talk, Hugo will discuss the difference between mainstream vs artisanal chocolate, and how the consumer choices can make a difference in the producing countries.

Hugo Chavez Ayala is an agronomist with a masters degree in sustainable rural development. After working in academia for several years, he launched Agrofloresta to prove the thesis that it was possible to have a sustainable cacao business in Southern Mexico. Currently, Agrofloresta is working on their second cacao season, and is exporting fine flavor cacao to the US and Europe, and is exploring the sustainable trade of other products, while benefiting more than 200 farmers with better prices and capacity building.


This event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a chocolate tasting. 


This event is sponsored by the Center for Environment & Society and the Student Environmental Alliance.