We are working in the fields of rainforest preservation and tropical subsistence agriculture, particularly agroforestry and alley cropping. Are you? Let us know if you are and maybe we can exchange links and support each other's efforts.
Several links and some references are given at the end of sections and articles. These are not all repeated here. Here we list only selected links (not references to printed works), and only those that we think may be of particular interest to visitors to our site.
Some of the best resources on rainforests
An extensive and comprehensive account which includes recent news and discussion of important topical issues as well as a lot of background information, and many good photos.
The Prince's Rainforest Project
"If we lose the battle against tropical deforestation, we lose the battle against climate change"
Another extensive and comprehensive account, with of course emphasis on the Prince's own high profile work to save the rainforests.
The "book" in not only very informative but great fun once you get the hang of how to click all over it. http://www.rainforestsos.org/book
A very readable account of the value of the rainforests and threats to them, including subsistence farming, which in many places could be replaced by Inga alley cropping, leaving more intact rainforest to be better used:
"In fact, the latest statistics prove that rainforest land converted to cattle operations yields the landowner $60 per acre; if timber is harvested, the land is worth $400 per acre. However, if medicinal plants, fruits, nuts, rubber, chocolate, and other renewable and sustainable resources are harvested, the land will yield the landowner $2,400 per acre."
This is a commercial site. Clicking through he site it is interesting to see just what a wealth of products can be got from the rainforest.
Gives a good summary of FAO report and discusses the relevance of forests to climate change.
And for a general description of alley cropping
An excellent account of alley cropping with some reference to Inga, but not an account of the specific technique of Inga alley cropping being promoted by Rainforest Saver.
Pennington, T.D. and Fernandes E.C.M. The Genus Inga: Utilization The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 1998 Particularly chapter 5: Hands, M.R. The uses of Inga in the acid soils of the rainforest zone: Alley-cropping sustainability and soil-regeneration.
Some good work that is related to ours
Sustainable Harvest International
Sustainable Harvest have improved the lives of many poor families in four countries of Central America, and planted millions of trees. Their philosophy is similar to ours: to save the people and in so doing save the environment.
Trees for the Future
They have published an excellent agroforestry manual and run a distance learning course based on it.
They work with families planting trees in Nicaragua.
Ecologic development fund
EcoLogic works with poor, rural communities to help them become better environmental stewards in order to save their forests and water in ways that improve their living conditions.
General authoritative environmental information
The Stern Review. We recommend Ch. 25 for further reading.
A good source of campaigns to support, with many links and news.
Forget trees and carbon: trees and rain is the real problem
Highly recommended. The title says it all.
Of specific relevance to Rainforest Saver
A. E. Lugo and M. Parsons Honduras Assessment Report
This was originally published at
but now is available at
Fundación Agrícola Vid
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