This presentation will discuss the impact of vanilla bean price changes, the high cost of production and adverse weather conditions on the behavior of the production and commerce of vanilla in México. The farmers have not fared well economically, since the drastic drop of the international price of vanilla. Thus, in Mexico, in the last two years, the price has increased ten times with reference to the lowest price in the last decade and therefore the farmers are motivated again to continue producing vanilla. Is the vanilla a business in Mexico for farmers? We will give information about the status of Mexican vanilla ( the cradle of vanilla).
Juan Hernández Hernández graduated in agronomy from University of Chapingo (state of México). Since 1997, he has worked as Researcher at the National Institute Forests, Agricultural and Livestock Research (INIFAP), belongs to the Ministry of Agriculture of México (SAGARPA). He has 18 years of experience in the area of agronomy, in particular in the vanilla cultivation (systems of production, pest and diseases). He has been invited to worldwide symposiums as a speaker on the subject and as a member of the organizing committee on vanilla conferences organized by Bakto Flavors. He has conducted workshops and seminars on vanilla in several states of México and in Costa Rica, Peru and Dominica. In addition, he has visited plantations of vanilla in French Polynesia (Tahiti). He has written four book chapters on vanilla and is an author and co-author of several articles, handbooks and conference communications related to vanilla, mainly in Spanish. Most recently, Ing. Hernández has been doing studies on the fruit drop problem in Mexico in order to know the cause and find some solutions.
A Symposium on Vanilla & Vanillin:
Physics, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Business, Application to Food , Regulations and Controversy