Project information

Fighting Poverty & Combating Climate Change

Empowering poor rural farmers in the Peruvian Amazon to improve their income and protect the Amazon Rainforest. We're supporting their move from destructive and low-yield ‘slash-and-burn’ agriculture, to a sustainable farming model that is providing short, medium and long term revenues.

January 2019 - December 2020

Charity information: Plant Your Future

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  • Need

    Need

    In the Peruvian Amazon there was an estimated 7.9 million hectares of deforestation of rainforest from 2000-2010, most of which was caused by smallholder agriculture. This is a massive area, equivalent to the size of Scotland, which has led to an irreplaceable loss of biodiversity and worsening poverty amongst smallholder farmers. Earning barely enough to cover basic needs and vulnerable to crisis, these farmers have become trapped in a cycle of poverty and degradation of their environment.

    Solution

    We've developed a programme to work with smallholder farmers, living in poverty, to restore these degraded farmlands to forest cover and for them to increase their livelihoods through agroforestry. This more sustainable form of tree-based agriculture, which combines planting crops, fruit-bearing orchard trees and timber trees can be established in degraded areas, and is better suited to the soils of the rainforest ecosystem.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Support the maintenance of 14,000 trees (newly planted in 2018 on degraded farmland)


    Activities

    » We will provide on-site support to smallholder farmers to manage pests and diseases, fertilisation & pruning to ensure optimal tree health and growth

    What success will look like

    We will monitor the growth, health and survival rate of the 14,000 trees. We have a system for monitoring using time saving smart-phone technology


    Aim 2

    Launch cocoa production programme


    Activities

    » For successful cocoa harvesting, the newly planted cocoa trees must first be grafted to create commercial cocoa varieties

    What success will look like

    We will monitor the number of cocoa trees grafted and the varieties selected


  • Impact

    Impact

    We expect this project to be self-sustaining within 5 years, by which points farmers manage the agroforestry system and derive good financial returns without financial assistance from PYF. No longer trapped in a subsistence farming cycle, farmers will have good yields and connect directly to the formal markets, achieving fairer prices through the sale of high quality fruits. We’ll demonstrate this through surveys with the farmers to monitor income and livelihood changes.

    Risk

    The main risks are posed by natural hazards. One such risk is the spread of wildfires during the dry season. We mitigate this through firebreaks around the agroforestry systems. Another risk is plagues which cannot be controlled by conventional pest or disease control systems. Prolonged drought or flooding also pose a threat to the young trees but as they grow bigger overtime they become more robust to this risk.

    Reporting

    We will post updates on our website and send a newsletter to our supporters detailing project progress. A project report will be available at the end of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Pruning and Weeding Pruning equipment and quarterly farmers' payment for community help with weeding
      £1,800 Purchase of inputs and tools Fertilizer, saw for pruning, grafting equipment, watering etc
      £200 Transportation of inputs and t Movement of equipment/supplies to farms
      £300 Cocoa grafting and training Purchase of grafting equipment and cocoa scion for propagation of commercial cocoa. Training venue h
      £4,700 Field Technician Technician to monitor agroforestry systems - providing technical advice and training
  • Background

    Location

    We work with smallholder farmers, with their own land title, in the community of Nueva Esperanza (Ucayali) in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. The Peruvian Amazon is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, but this area around the city of Pucallpa has suffered from extreme deforestation and degradation. The pressure of cattle on the land, the inherent low fertility of Amazonian soils, the heavy rain and the natural undulation of the land has led to its degradation overtime.

    Beneficiaries

    We are working with 10 families in the community of Nueva Esperanza.
    Where we work only 55% of the population has received primary education and only 6.7% has access to running water. These subsistence farmers currently earn around £100 per month from their own smallholdings; barely enough to cover basic needs, leaving them vulnerable to crisis in case of harvest failure or family health problems. Our project aims to give them a longer term sustainable income.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Plant your Future has been working with smallholders in Peru since 2010. We have an excellent track record with our Loreto project. No farmers have dropped out of our programme. We now need funding to continue the support to this new project in Ucayali.
    We have achieved certification of our project against the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard and the VCS. The project was independently audited by the Rainforest Alliance including a field visit.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Jenny Henman

    Chairman and Founder of Plant your Future - overall project management and financial oversight, drawing on 15 years' experience working in Peru.

    Julio Vasquez

    Managing Director - an experienced Peruvian agronomist working with Plant your Future for 7 years

    Jorge Chavez

    Forestry Expert - with over 30 years of experience in reforestation in the Amazon Rainforest Jorge with offer technical supervision of the project