Agroforestry project results in Ecuador

Since 2013, LINKBYNET, and then the newly created LINKTOGETHER foundation under the aegis of Fondation de France support, as the main fund provider, the agroforestry project of the  GoodPlanet foundation. The objective of this project is to reforest the degraded zones using a sustainable agroforestry model and at the same time sensitising and training farmers to the management and sale of lumber operations. The project started in January 2014 and has already yielded some results. 

Phase 1 :

From 2014 to 2015, the main objective was the plantation of trees. In total, more than 52 000 trees have been planted on 123 hectares by 144 farmers.

Phase 2 :

In 2016, the work consisted of securing the  trees planted in 2014 & 2015 and to complete the plantation. In the end, 83% of trees from 2014-2015 survived and 8750 trees were planted during this period.

In parallel, 144 farmers have been trained and a market study has made it possible to identify the fruit sales potential, 24 species were studied and 9 fruits have been selected under teh following 4 criteria :

  • Economy : revenue generated by commercialisation
  • Agronomy : ease of cultivation, seasonality, production loss risks
  • Commercial : high potential market
  • Logistic : resistance and conservation

Phase 3 :

Since March 2017, the survival of previous plantations is maintained and the plantations are completed with fruit trees for sale. 112 farmers have been trained to fruit transformation and their sale. The objective is to set up a local circuit for sale of fruit and products transformed into pulp and jam by reinforcing the producer's association capacity. The producers have created their brand, MISHKIMAMA.

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