The Inga Foundation; Improving food security, protecting the rainforest and reducing global carbon emissions through pioneering a scientifically proven, sustainable alternative to slash and burn farming.
December 6, 2013 |The first of the rainforest tree seedlings we’ve been raising in our tree nursery have now handed over to local families for them to plant on their land. The first 502 trees to be exact, with another 40,000 ready to go out in the next few weeks.
December 2, 2013 |This intricate little flower is the flower of the Cocoa tree – or to put it more simply, a chocolate flower! Today we begin supporting families to grow Cocoa with Inga as a cash crop, in order to help families further increase the diversity of their farms. This is all part of our long term plan of helping families to create a diverse, resilient and totally sustainable livelihood.
November 27, 2013 |Eager to get their hands dirty, these kids made quick work of finishing off their family’s tree nursery today. Under slash and burn, the state of the land only gets worse over time and there’s nothing to pass on to the next generation. But now, thanks to Inga alley cropping, these kids will still be able to rely on this land to support them when they have families of their own.
November 25, 2013 |We are delighted to have now begun work in a new community in Honduras – Los Limpios. We are the only charities working in this isolated community of 100 families and with the land becoming more degraded with each passing year, the people are badly in need of an alternative to the hardship of slash and burn farming.
November 23, 2013 |Driven by their determination to escape from the vicious circle of slash and burn, Martin and his family are rapidly transforming this land from degraded soil choked with weeds to a forest of Inga alleys capable of providing good harvests year after year.
November 17, 2013 |Inga Foundation Director, Mike Hands, and his Honduran counterpart, our Field Director Abraham, totally in their element as they give a new group of farmers the tour of our Project Center.
November 15, 2013 |Father and son proudly give us the tour of their Inga alleys, which are nearly ready for use. It’s taken them a lot of sweat and hard work to get this far, but they are convinced, as are we, that the prospect of finally achieving real food security on these fragile soils is more than worth it.
November 13, 2013 |We spied this beautifully camouflaged moth in our demo biological corridor. Now 14 years old, the biological corridor is converting into a mini patch of rainforest and is full of all kinds of wildlife.
November 7, 2013 |Standing within our demo plots at yesterday’s open day, the team explain how Inga alley cropping can overcome all the problems of slash and burn, providing genuine food security and a sustainable livelihood. By the end of the day, every farmer present was convinced and wanted to join the project.
November 5, 2013 |We’ve been encouraging these wasps to settle at our new Project Center. They carry a painful sting but its still definitely worth having them around as they provide brilliant natural pest control, helping remove the need to use pesticides.
October 28, 2013 |Slash and burn farming is devastating the rainforests of Honduras. The only way to stop this is to address the root cause of the problem – hunger. By providing families with food security, Inga alley cropping tackles poverty and ensures the survival of the rainforests.
October 27, 2013 |Completed just a few months ago, our tree nursery in Honduras now contains 45,000 seedlings of rainforest tree species, alongside thousands of Inga seedlings, not to mention hundreds of pepper, cacao and vanilla plants. And its still only half full!
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The Inga Foundation is currently working on a number of projects in Honduras, as well as elsewhere around the world. You can view the full list on our Project Page
Slash and burn farming is rapidly destroying the world’s remaining rainforests and sending vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Yet for more than 250 million farmers across the world, it is the only way they can survive.
Through implementing Inga Alley Cropping – the sustainable alternative to slash and burn – we can change this. By supporting farmers to take up this technique, the Inga Foundation gives them the ability to feed their families and improve their livelihoods, whilst keeping the rainforest and it’s rich biodiversity intact.
Donate today to help us improve livelihoods, protect biodiversity, and combat climate change.
December 11, 2013 |
Two hectares of land planted with Inga alley cropping can easily provide lifelong food security for a family, ending dependence on the destructive and high risk strategy of slash and burn. Food security, with good harvests year after year from the same...
October 26, 2013 |
One of the most essential elements of our long term strategy to combat slash and burn in Honduras is the creation of a Project Center, complete with demonstration plots, a seed orchard, a large permanent tree nursery and teaching and living facilities to enable us to spread knowledge of the Inga alley...
May 22, 2013 |
There are so many exciting developments happening at the moment that its hard to know where to start. Aside from...