a wave of sustainable farming
After centuries of heavily exploiting the land, Brazilians are experimenting with traditional and sustainable techniques.
RAIN is sponsoring free workshops with farmers unions, introducing agroforestry to conventional farmers.
Training & Tools
Workshops & web-based learning
Trees and crops planted together support each other, generating abundant quantities of mixed organic produce while building up soil and storing carbon.
Agroforestry out-competes conventional farming.
One hectare employs three people and can feed 40 families.
The perfect monoculture has only one species. If another creature eats it we call it a "pest" or a "plague".
This image is a not a monoculture, but a polyculture - a 500 hectare cacao farm with hundreds of other species among the cacao, adding their nutrients to the system. Diversify keeps insects from becoming pests. Complexity is more resilient to change.
At the beginning of the century, this farm was deforested, dried up and abandoned. Master agroforester Ernst Gotch turned it into a highly productive farm with over 80% the biodiversity of neighbouring forests.
14 streams have returned to life.
Rain has returned again after a decade of drought. Insects, birds and amphibians thrive among the trees.
One hectare employs three people and feeds 40 families.
The harvests are spread out over a longer period than with conventional farming, meaning that the work is more long term.
Two years ago Daniel and Carol began to farm on a disused sand quarry.
Their yields quickly caught the attention of their neighbours. They started to learn, and began to experiment.
For their first workshop, Daniel and Carol could only afford two spades.
RAIN is sponsoring them to teach agroforestry courses to farmers and install agroforestry systems in schools.