Much remains to be done. We need to bring far more farmers into the projects, and have them expand their Inga plots, so that they truly contribute to the prosperity of many people and stop forest being cleared. We want to refine the Inga system itself, to get it as effective as possible. We need to discover the best ways of persuading farmers to take it up. This we can do because we have different promoters working in different ways Most of all we need to get this technique adopted much more widely so that it makes a real difference both to reduce poverty and to preserve our precious rainforests.
Linus’s venture into pig farming to prevent the illegal hunting in Korup National Park (and other such places) is a new and exciting departure from our usual approach. The success of that will largely depend on whether they can plant the Inga alleys needed to grow the food for the pigs cheaply themselves, or at least a large part of it, rather than rely on expensive commercial food for the pigs. This will thus be a further test and demonstration of the effectiveness of the Inga system.
Planting Inga, Ecuador.