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.
February 16, 2014 |For any of you in or around London who haven’t yet seen Up In Smoke (the award-winning film following the origins of the Inga Foundation) it’s being shown along with animal rights film, Cages of Shame, on 5th April at the Odeon Lounge Luxury Cinema. For more details or to buy tickets, click here.
February 11, 2014 |Money may not grow on trees, but chocolate does and can make a good amount of money too. Don Jesus Maria, shown here with his 600 cacao seedlings, is one of number of farmers we are currently helping to diversify their farms by establishing cacao with Inga as a shade tree.
February 4, 2014 |Once cleared of trees, these steeply sloping fields are highly vulnerable to landslips. After the heavy storms of the last few weeks, the landscape is littered with scenes like this. In contrast, with Inga alley cropping, the high density of trees with their interwoven roots binds the soil, meaning no more landslips and no more loss of topsoil.
January 29, 2014 |We gathered together representatives from most of the families in San Rafael village on Monday to lend a hand in pruning the first Inga plot to be ready so that the community could see at close hand how the land had been transformed. The event was a great success; the families already involved left re-inspired, plus 4 new families decided to give up slash and burn and join the project.
January 25, 2014 |Work is going well on the first new building at our Project Center – a toilet and shower block. The aim is to build the facilities to hold courses at our Project Center with groups from across the region and is a key part of our plan to combat slash and burn across Central America.
January 22, 2014 |A sustainable source of firewood right on your doorstep – definitely a good reason to be cheerful and local farmer Don Castulo certainly was today, as he pruned his Inga alleys for the first time and ended up with enormous amounts of firewood.
January 18, 2014 |Reaching San Rafael, the most isolated community we work in, requires 5 rivers crossings, of which this is just the first. Hence why there are no other charities prepared to make the journey. However, we believe that it is just such communities where our work to tackle slash and burn and improve food security is most needed.
January 15, 2014 |Cocoa seedlings soaking up the morning sun in our tree nursery – Not only does growing Cocoa provide farmers with much needed cash income, but its also good for protecting the soil and preventing erosion, especially when planted in combination with Inga.
January 13, 2014 |In Honduras we are working in communities that are right on the front line of deforestation, like here in San Rafael where slash and burn is rapidly eating into near pristine primary rainforest. Support our work to free families from the need to send the rainforest up in smoke just to eat and help us solve this issue once and for all.
January 1, 2014 |In 2013 we more than doubled the number of families involved in our project in Honduras. And that not all – 2013 saw us plant the first ever crops at our new Demo Center, expand the project to isolated communities who have no other outside support and begin the crucial work of supporting families with reforestation. We couldn’t have done it without all your support, so thank you!
December 28, 2013 |“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir. Just so, the rainforest we are trying to protect is essential for the health of the River Cuero which in turn gives life to the Cuero y Salado Nature Reserve – a beautiful, tangled maze of estuaries and mangroves home to manatees, howler monkeys and a vast array of bird species.
December 22, 2013 |Local farmer Don Santiago’s land is right next to our Demo Farm. When we first began, he didn’t believe in the project, but watching our work and seeing our farm develop has completely changed his mind. Last year he joined the project and planted his own Inga alleys and this year, he has decided to plant another area twice as big again!
Up In Smoke - watch the trailer below or see the full film
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...