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Proven by over 20 Years of Research

 

Research from Cambridge University has given rise to a simple solution to replace Slash and Burn Agriculture. It's called Inga Alley Cropping. It works year after year to keep the soil fertile, providing both food and cash crops, creating an income for farmers and stopping the on-going cycle of rainforest destruction.

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How it Works

A special type of tree, the Inga, is planted in rows and provides all the nutrients required. Firstly the trees are pruned before crops are planted in the alleys between them. The pruned material fertilizes the soil because the Inga tree has a symbiotic relationship with fungi and bacteria that live in its roots. These take up the phosphorus and fix nitrogen from the air, so the Inga prunings contain the nutrients that crops need. This eliminates the requirement for chemical fertilizers. The trees regrow rapidly so the cycle of pruning and planting crops is repeated year after year.

 

Top Benefits

 

✔  Restores degraded land                   ✔  Provides more food

✔  No chemicals                                  ✔  Works year after year

✔  Provides income                             ✔  Prevents erosion

✔  Replenishes soil                              ✔  Preserves rainforest

✔  Provides firewood

With this innovative farming method there is no longer any need to cut down new areas of rainforest. The method also leads to cleaner waterways, prevents desertification and greatly reduces erosion. When planted in coastal regions it helps to preserve coral reefs otherwise degraded my sediment from slash and burn agriculture. And preserving biodiversity and reducing CO2 emissions brings the potential for global benefits. 

8%

of total global CO2 emissions come from slash and burn

 

Our Project: Eliminating Slash and Burn in Honduras:

We're working with an experienced local team in Honduras to provide education and demonstration forms for this vital alternative. Our goals are:

We're working with an experienced local team in Honduras to provide education and demonstration forms for this vital alternative. Our goals are:

 

  • Train 360 teachers in 25 centres throughout Honduraskids
  •   Establish a demonstration plot at each location
  •   Demonstrate the technique to NGOs, key influencers and local farmers
  •   Demonstrate recovery of a major local coral reef
  •   Establish an Inga seedling nursery that can supply 8000 to 10000 seedlings at a time
  •   Establish an area of rainforest and coral reef as recognized reserves

 

The project will transform the lives of thousands of the world's poorest farmers in Honduras and their families. It will also save thousands of hectares of rainforest. Once this project is successfully established it will help us to expand to other countries.

Each hectare of rainforest saved can save the equivalent of 50 passenger trips from New York to London in CO 2 emissions per year.

We need your support.

Please help us to raise £65,000 ($100,000) over this project's 3-year term.