Izabal Agro-Forest, S.A. (IAF) is an award-winning farm and timberland management company headquartered in Guatemala. Now serving institutional and private clients, it is the outgrowth of a third-generation family farm dating back 25 years. The company specializes in various tropical crop and timber species, including precious hardwoods, fine-flavor cacao, vanilla, coconut and avocado. In addition, we manage trials of flowering and aromatic species grown for distillation and the production of essential oils. With cocoa post-harvest, timber milling and other processing facilities integrated into projects, the company seeks to capture value within the supply chain. IAF is able to leverage the unique attributes of its products and production systems to tap niche market opportunities. Key examples include single-estate production of heirloom cacao beans under strict field and post-harvest protocols. Likewise, IAF specializes in the silviculture of big-leaf mahogany and Honduran rosewood, species rarely cultivated on plantations in their native range. Traceable, plantation origin is itself a powerful differentiator since the majority of available lumber is produced through the logging of natural forests, often illegally. IAF is constantly conducting research and development around innovative techniques and approaches to boost ecosystem services, deepen positive social impacts, and increase operational efficiencies. As a company, we strive to offer alternatives to tropical monoculture that contribute to the restoration of natural capital.
We offer property management and specialized land-use advisory services to clients seeking a triple-bottom line through proven, socially and environmentally responsible, and financially profitable investments. Our portfolio spans the origination, development and implementation of agro-forestry, timberland and landscape-level forest restoration projects on both private tracts and small plots in conjunction with smallholder farmers.
Agro-forestry is an integrated approach of using the interactive benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock. It combines agricultural and forestry technologies to create more diverse, productive, profitable, healthy and sustainable land-use systems. – USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC)