How do you increase crop yields without clearing forest? By using a miracle tree called Inga, which fixes nitrogen in the soil and improves productivity.
As a bonus, it provides fuel wood and is climate resilient. No wonder our Awajún and Asháninka partners invested in learning how to plant it. Marin, our fantastic inga promoter in the Awajún partnership, is overseeing the implementation of inga pilots in both Urakusa and Huaracayo. Ten farmers in each community are learning how to sustainably intercrop inga with cacao and coffee. Marin’s greenhouse contains 1,250 inga saplings which, right now, are being transplanted into the farmers’ gardens.