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Roy Wilhen Fraatz Lopez

Cacao Verapaz
Quality and Technical Manager

Roy Wilhen Fraatz Lopez is the quality and technical manager at Cacao Verapaz in Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Roy graduated as Agricultural Engineer with a focus on Socioeconomic Development and Environment from Zamorano University in 2007. Originally from the department of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, Roy has worked since 2008 with Maya Q’eqchi’ producers in northern Guatemala on community-based rural development projects in crops such as cardamom, coffee, maize, beans, cocoa. His work at Cacao Verpaz entails providing training workshops and technical assistance in post-harvest processing and quality improvements, and maintaining relationships with at least 8 associations of smallholder producers. Roy’s focus is on technical assistance to improve the management of their plots, increase their productivity, and improve quality. In 2017 Roy was responsible for the management of post-harvest facility managers at all of the associations. Roy is most proud of inducing behavior change across producers and helping producers adopt innovative technologies to increase productivity.