We help poor farming communities in the Peruvian Amazon so that they can adopt environmentally-friendly agroforestry and move away from destructive slash-and-burn agriculture and ranching. Agroforestry restores biodiversity, mitigates climate change, improves livelihoods and increases food security.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1134720)
Traditional slash-and-burn farming by smallholders causes 90% of deforestation within the Peruvian Amazon, destroying biodiversity and contributing to climate breakdown. It traps low-income communities in a cycle of poverty. Typically, farmers using slash-and-burn agricultural techniques earn just £100 per month - this is barley enough to cover a family's basic needs and leaves them vulnerable to crisis. Farmers lack the training and support to change their situation and build resilience.
Farmers need a realistic and achievable alternative that will enable them to move away from slash-and-burn agriculture. Our model of agroforestry offers this alternative: it's a tree-based agriculture system that combines planting crops, fruit-bearing orchard trees and timber trees. This restores degraded farmland to forest cover, while increasing the productivity of the farmers' agricultural plots and enables them to diversify their income by cultivating and selling a variety of products.
The most striking thing about visiting farmers in this project is that they never talked about the agroforestry systems belonging to Plant Your Future, but rather to themselves. It shows that farmers have participated in decision-making and feel complete ownership over the agroforestry systems.
My family have always been farmers and we like growing things, but it was always just to survive. Thanks to Plant Your Future we have been able to diversify what we plant with the capacity building we’ve received. Very soon I’ll be harvesting citrus fruits and cocoa, which will give me an income.
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