About Us

Founded in 2012, The Inga Foundation grew out of a long term scientific research project into slash-and-burn agriculture and the need to find an alternative agriculture systems that could save farmers from having to clear new areas of rainforest year after year, just to survive.

The Inga Foundation now works with over 450 families farming in Honduras, as well as elsewhere in the world, helping them shift from slash-and-burn to the tried-and-tested alternative system that emerged from years of dedicated research – Inga Alley Cropping.

According to our carbon model estimates, our Land for Life program avoided or sequestered 674,000 tonnes of CO2 by the end of 2022 (and even more this year!).

Board of Trustees (UK):

The Inga Foundation UK Board is made up of experts in tropical ecology who, between them, have over 150 years of experience.

  • Michael Hands, Senior Research Associate, Univ. of Cambridge (1988-2002),  UK.
  • Dr. Tim Bayliss-Smith, Univ. of Cambridge.  UK
  • Dr. Terence Pennington, Honorary Fellow, Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, UK
  • William Vanderbilt, Chair of the Vanderbilt Family Foundation, USA

Up In Smoke: One Man’s Burning Issue

One of the best ways to gain a real insight into the heart and history of the Inga Foundation is through Up In Smoke, a feature-length documentary by Adam Wakeling that spans a three-year segment of the Inga Foundation’s work. It follows Mike Hands, our founder, as he works to connect with and convince local farmers to make the leap from slash-and-burn to Inga Alley Cropping, and his struggle to bring the issue of slash-and-burn farming to the forefront of ecological thinking.

The Inga Foundation has come a long way since the film was completed. We have had some important successes and now have more projects, more funding and, crucially, far more farmers involved and practicing alley cropping.

But this is just the start, we still have a long way to go. Alley cropping has the potential to transform the lives of slash-and-burn farmers across the tropics. We are working hard to realise that potential and are making significant progress; however, we still face some key obstacles, especially in terms of funding