Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Ache Guayaki Project: How cultivation under native woods can help indigenous communities

Man harvesting Sustainable Yerba Mate Ache Guayaki Photo Photos: Courtesy of Guayaki.

Keeping native communities and woods untouched may seem like a beautiful idea, but it is -in most cases- an unrealistic goal. Many communities of indigenous people want to develop and grow, and work their lands. The real question is, then, Can that happen in a truly sustainable way? Is there a way for them to get revenue without harming the environment and encountering sustainable growth (not just a few years of richness to leave burned ground behind)? The Ache Guayaki Kue-Tuvy project in Paraguay might be a good example that this is possible. Guided by the folks of Guayaki, a company which we've talked about a few times, a group of 45 families that wanted to start laboring their lands learnt a technique to cultivate crops under native woods and found a way to get profit while maintaining vegetation and opening new business opportunities. …

The Ache Guayaki Project, or How Cultivation under Native Woods can Help Indigenous Communities

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