Inga Foundation

Inga Foundation

Stopping slash and burn farming by providing sustainable agricultural solutions to improve local livelihoods, protect the rainforest & reduce global carbon emis
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Early morning light falls softly across the mountain clad forests of Pico Bonito.

Early morning light falls softly across the mountain clad forests of Pico Bonito.

Perched on an Inga leaf, this bug is not only just the right shade of green to blend in but even has vein patterns like those of a leaf.

Perched on an Inga leaf, this bug is not only just the right shade of green to blend in but even has vein patterns like those of a leaf.

By the end of the day, every farmer present had decided to give up slash and burn and change to Inga alley cropping. And they left saying that they were sure that once their neighbours could see them using Inga and see all the benefits it brings, the rest of los limpios community would follow suit.

By the end of the day, every farmer present had decided to give up slash and burn and change to Inga alley cropping. And they left saying that they were sure that once their neighbours could see them using Inga and see all the benefits it brings, the rest of los limpios community would follow suit.

And a tour of our tree nursery provides the perfect opportunity to explain the method for raising Inga seedlings to create the alleys.

And a tour of our tree nursery provides the perfect opportunity to explain the method for raising Inga seedlings to create the alleys.

Farmers heading down into the sea of Inga that forms the demo plots at our Project Center.

Farmers heading down into the sea of Inga that forms the demo plots at our Project Center.

Then on to our new Project Center, to demonstrate how the alleys are managed and the different types of crops that can be produced.

Then on to our new Project Center, to demonstrate how the alleys are managed and the different types of crops that can be produced.

First stop, our demo plots at CURLA University, where we began the day by discussing with the farmers the problems they faced, trying to grow enough to support their families on highly degraded soils, and explained how the Inga alley cropping can help solve these problems once and for all.

First stop, our demo plots at CURLA University, where we began the day by discussing with the farmers the problems they faced, trying to grow enough to support their families on highly degraded soils, and explained how the Inga alley cropping can help solve these problems once and for all.

So with the aim of beginning to convince the families of los limpios that Inga alley cropping can allow them to reforest their community and still put food on the table, we brought representatives of 12 families to an open day at our project center.

So with the aim of beginning to convince the families of los limpios that Inga alley cropping can allow them to reforest their community and still put food on the table, we brought representatives of 12 families to an open day at our project center.

We've just started working in a new community in the Cangrajal valley, called los limpios, which translates as 'the cleaned'. The name comes from the fact since the village was founded the inhabitants have entirely 'cleaned' this land of the thick, primary rainforest which used to cover this area. We are hoping we can start to reverse that process.

We've just started working in a new community in the Cangrajal valley, called los limpios, which translates as 'the cleaned'. The name comes from the fact since the village was founded the inhabitants have entirely 'cleaned' this land of the thick, primary rainforest which used to cover this area. We are hoping we can start to reverse that process.

This bizarre creature is the known as the Peanut-head Bug (Fulgora laternaria). If its scary appearance is not enough to keep it safe then it has a secret weapon - it can release a horrible odour like a skunk to scare of predators. (© James Adams)

This bizarre creature is the known as the Peanut-head Bug (Fulgora laternaria). If its scary appearance is not enough to keep it safe then it has a secret weapon - it can release a horrible odour like a skunk to scare of predators. (© James Adams)