In Borneo, the prevailing method of agriculture is “slash-and-burn” where forest land is cleared each year to plant crops, and trees and brush are burned to fertilize the soil. This method is only effective when the population density is low enough and the forest cover is high enough to allow forests to regenerate between cycles – neither of which, unfortunately, are true today. These preciously biodiverse rain forests are in danger, now fragile and disappearing.
ASRI partners with and educates local farmers in sustainable agriculture, an environmentally conscious alternative method of farming. With training in sustainable agriculture, farmers learn how to improve soil quality over time with inexpensive and local ingredients, renewing their commitment to protecting the forest, while also improving their yields and income. Instead of abandoning plots of land after a few years, farmers learn how to manage their farms sustainably and productively.
Using organic methods, these sustainable farms have created a market for manure, a key ingredient for the organic compost that keeps the soil fertile year after year. The demand for manure sparked the launch of ASRI’s Goats for Widows program.
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