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The Cangrejal Valley

On the opposite side of Pico Bonito National Park to the Cuero valley and our new project center, is the Cangrejal river. We are currently working with around 40 families in a string of different communities along the river valley, and that number is growing every week.
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Local farmer Martin shows Pamela Anderson around his new Inga alley plot and explains the difference the project is making for him and his family.

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These A-frames allow farmers to work out where the contours lie on their land so they can plant their Inga alleys on contour to stop erosion. They are simple to use and easily made with materials every family has to hand. Here we're helping Don Pedro and his son to make one of their own.

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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.

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Marvin is one of the latest farmers in the Cangrajel to give up slash and burn. Here he is planting out his steep sloping fields with the Inga seedlings he's raised from the seed we supplied.

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And a tour of our tree nursery provides the perfect opportunity to explain the method for raising Inga seedlings to create the alleys.

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Though still less than 6 months old, local farmer Paulino's Inga alleys are really starting to take shape. 18 months to go til they are ready and Paulino is free from the weeks and weeks of each year he previously had to spend weeding his plot.

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Peruvian Shaman, Don Lucho, being shown round a recently planted Inga alley plot by a local farmer. Don Lucho works to tackle deforestation in the heart of the Amazon by spreading sustainable agriculture techniques. His visit convinced him that Inga alley cropping could be hugely important and he is going to help the technique take root back in his home region in the Amazon.

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Five months ago Don Paulino's land was just bare scorched earth. Now it contains 5000 young Inga seedlings which are rapidly growing into alleys which will hold together and repair the damaged soil and provide Don Paulino with a good harvest year after year.

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Luis, Inga Foundation's Agronomist, working hard alongside Marvin to convert his land to Inga alley cropping.

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Farmers heading down into the sea of Inga that forms the demo plots at our Project Center.

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