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.
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.
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.