Rainforests soils degrade rapidly, but inga is here to save the day. Its tolerance of poor, acidic soil makes it an ideal crop for the Amazonian tropics. Enriching the soil with nitrogen and producing mulch, inga ensures the long-term use of garden plots. With the Awajun pilot project successfully underway, slash and burn practices are fast becoming obsolete.
And the good news doesn’t end there. A wide range of crops from cacao to cardamom and pineapple to peppercorns can be grown under the canopy of this ice-cream flavoured wonder bean. Inga diversifies produce, building resilience against market fluctuations.
Better for the rainforest, better for wildlife and better for growing reliable village incomes.