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Saturday, November 12 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Real stories from the field: Maya Mountain Cacao (Belize); Cacao Verapaz (Guatemala); and PISA (Haiti)

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Hear real stories from the field leading transparent, ethically driven quality cacao sourcing operations in Central America and the Caribbean! Join us for a spotlight on and discussion with Minni Forman, Managing Director of Maya Mountain Cacao in Belize, Marlon Ac, Managing Director of Cacao Verapaz in Guatemala, and Aline Etlicher, Manager of PISA in Haiti. Both Minni and Marlon originally hail from core cacao producing communities of the Maya Mountain and Cacao Verapaz farmer networks, and are now young leaders changing their countries' perspectives on the potential for specialty cacao to drive economic impact in rural areas as they grow their operations.

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Marlon Ac

Managing Director, Cacao Verapaz
Marlon is the Managing Director of Cacao Verapaz, Uncommon Cacao export and sourcing operation in Guatemala. Marlon born on a three generation Maya Q’eqchi’ farm family in the rural village of Guatemala, all his life have been working in agriculture. That is why he and his brothers... Read More →
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Aline Etlicher

Director, PISA, Haiti
Aline Etlicher is the cocoa research and development manager of PISA, Haitian agro-industry which makes high quality products from the Haitian soil. French agronomist she worked with the french development agency in the Dominican Republic previous to cross the border and work on a... Read More →
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Minni Forman

Managing Director, Maya Mountain Cacao
Born in a rural village in Southern Belize, Minni Forman spent the first 15 years of her life as a subsistence farmer. At the age of 15 she decided to leave her family farm and pursue an education in the United States. After graduating from college and gaining more than four years... Read More →

Saturday November 12, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am PST
Cacao Origins Room