no. 82 The Baka in Cameroon and Marco’s work in Honduras
By Tiiu Miller | Newsletter No. 82 July 2017

We are crowd funding to enable Gaston Bityo to take Inga alley cropping technology to the Baka (pygmies) of SE Cameroon. The Baka contacted him and are waiting for him. Thank you very much to all the wonderful people who have supported this

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Baka partying under the mango tree. Photo Martin Cradick.

We need to raise £4375, and at the time of writing we have pledges totalling £3956, so just £419 to find by the all or nothing deadline of 7 pm UK time on Monday 31st July. If you can help us to bridge that gap we would be very grateful. All or nothing means that if we don’t get the full amount pledged then we get nothing. The pledgers don’t pay, and of course they don’t get the rewards either.

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Baka kids dancing.  Photo Martin Cradick


In Cameroon Gaston Bityo and colleagues provide a larger number of farmers with small quantities of Inga seedlings, anything between 50 and 200 each. Marco works on a different principle.  He provides a small number of farmers with much larger amounts of seedlings, and they are assisted (e.g. by paying for extra labour) in the planting out, generally overseen by one of his first farmers. This ensures larger, well planted Inga alleys, but the spread is slow as it is limited by the resources Rainforest Saver can provide. Later on these farmers will become more independent, but this gives them a good start.

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Inga nursery belonging to one of Marco’s farmers. Photo Marco, 2017

Thus Rainforest Saver works with different people in different ways. From this we hope to get comparisons of the effectiveness and efficiency of these different ways of promoting the Inga. 

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Plot of one of the farmers recently pruned for planting beans. Note how the rows of Inga trees follow the contours, and the branches put across their bases to further reduce erosion. Photo Marco, 2017

Marco started some years back with one farmer on the steep slopes of the Cangrejal river basin, in a location overlooked by several other farmers. To date there are 4 farmers with a total of over 4000 Inga trees, and a fifth one due to plant as soon as the season is ready, and several more are getting interested.

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Young Inga rows on the steep slope of one of Marco’s farmers, following the contours. Photo Marco, 2017.

A few months ago one of our members, Abi is to be congratulated on organising a small crowd funder to support Marco, and raising her target of £500 for him. This money was much needed and greatly appreciated.

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Abi’s fund raising ‘thermometer’ showing a successful finish on 7th May 2017.

Many thanks to Abi and all who donated.

Please support our current crowd funding if you can at


Best wishes,