Peanuts in Times of Food Crisis
IPS, 18 February 2011

CACALOXÚCHITL, MEXICO: A small group of farmers in the southern Mexican state of Puebla decided a few years ago to process their peanuts as an economic boost, and to defend this traditional crop against the advances of more profitable options. The Cacaloxúchitl Group United for Development, a cooperative of four women and two men, began operating in March 2009. The farmers grow three hectares of peanuts, harvesting six tonnes per year. They then artisanally produce peanut butter and hot chilli sauce. The future of the Cacaloxúchitl cooperative lies in obtaining organic certification, access to public financing, and participation in fair trade and solidarity economy schemes. Read the article …