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Over the next few weeks we'll be catching up with the 2 Honduran stars of the film, Aladino and Faustino, to let you know how life with Inga is going for them now.
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Making plans - Aladino is planting Cocoa seedlings in this section of his Inga alleys. As these trees like around 30% shade we helped Aladino to prune back most of the trees in these alleys today.

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Stacked up Inga firewood at Aladino's house - The sheer amount of firewood Inga alley cropping can produce is incredible. Aladino got all this, plus as much again which they haven't stacked yet, from pruning just a small section of his Inga alleys.

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Adam - creator of Up In Smoke - filming visiting farmers at Faustino's plot.

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Adam, director of Up In Smoke, is back in Honduras to shoot some new footage so keep watching this space for more info and updates.

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Check out the fantastic amount of firewood Faustino and his wife got from pruning their Inga alleys to plant this year's maize. And this isn't even all of it, there's plenty more that still needs to be carried down from their plot.

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This area, just beside Aladino's plot, is completely covered by towering strands of head-high grass. Yet within Aladino's 4 year old Inga alleys, the ground is covered by thick leaf litter with just the odd few weeds managing to survive, demonstrating the remarkable ability of Inga to suppress the aggressive, rapidly growing grasses.

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Even though we pruned trees from just 2 alleys today, it still produced a huge amount of firewood for Aladino and his family can use to for cooking.

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Aladino chopping up Inga firewood for the kitchen.

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Four years on and those Inga seedlings planted by Aladino at the end of the film are now a forest of sturdy 5m high trees. The soil is fertile and the ground is covered by a thick layer of mulch which has all but defeated the grass and weeds.

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'Little by little,' Faustino patiently tells me, 'we can change people's minds.' And it seems to be working - this plot here has just been planted with several thousand little Inga seedlings by a family that Faustino has helped persuaded to give up slash and burn.

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