More information about RAINFOREST SAVER FOUNDATION: To relieve the poverty of slash and burn farmers in rainforest areas and at the same time save rainforests. We do this by helping farmers to adopt a new better way of farming called Inga alley cropping. With this method they do not need to keep burning more rainforest. They can farm the same plot long term and make a better living than before.
I have been lucky enough to have been involved with this charity from its inception, and have been impressed by how such a small charity can make such a difference in the lives and surrounding environment of poor tropical farmers. It is not easy to promote and implement a new method of agriculture but the Inga Alley Cropping system offers farmers an opportunity to have much higher yields, while at the same time protecting the rainforests, that are so vital for preventing erosion and flooding, storing carbon and conserving biodiversity.
As someone, who has worked as a gardener for most of my adult life, this organic, sustainable system makes a lot of sense to me. At this difficult time many charities are in even greater need of funding, and I hope my 24 hour poem on the Rainforest saver Facebook site (12 lines every hour plus an extra 12 lines, making a total of 500) will help raise a few pounds, and create more Inga alleys. My poem will tell the story of how the technique was developed, and how the charity Rainforest Saver and its partners overseas have worked hard to help poor farmers have a better livelihood in a way that protects their local rainforests.
So please sponsor me per line or any other way you wish, and I will do my best to tell the Rainforest Saver story in as colourful, vivid and coherent poetry as I can muster. If I make a spelling mistake at 3 or 4 in the morning, I hope you'll find it in your heart to forgive me.
- MARIA GUSAROVA
- Jo and Eve Allum
- richard Luff
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