Belize

Yamwits Valley, Cayo
17°4’32”N
88°22’59.2”W

Since 2014

Restoration of Xibun River Estate:

  • Restoration of access roads, drainage channels, pruning of old cocoa trees and shade trees, planting of new cocoa trees, planting coconut trees on an intercropping basis.

Hurricane Earl struck Xibun River Estate in 2016, and much of the refurbishment work had to be restarted.

  • Installation and maintenance of cocoa preparation infrastructure and equipment: fermentation tanks, solar drying beds and storage warehouse.

From 2016 to 2020

Rebuilding XRE employee housing following Hurricane Earl: replacing broken roofs, reconstruction of the communal kitchen, providing access to drinking water and electricity.

In 2021

A 5-year plan is in place for the thorough rehabilitation of the homes of the 46 plantation employees and their families. In total, 18 housing units will be fully renovated with access to drinking water and electricity, kitchen and sanitary facilities; all up to anti-hurricane standards. 

Xibun River Estate has not used any chemical pesticides or herbicides since its refurbishment, the plantation has been covered with grass.

80 people

will be housed in refurbished housing, including the 46 plantation employees and their families

180ha restored

80ha replanted

with cocoa