Small farmers in poor, remote regions in the Ecuadorian rainforest have often not been educated on farming sustainably and optimizing their land usage. This leads them to continuously burn down or look for better land to farm on. They remain completely overlooked by the 'developing' world and society. However, we believe educating local farmers is key to reducing deforestation, biodiversity loss, and eradicating poverty.
However, the 'modern world' is rich in knowledge on land optimization approaches. Therefore, we are building the bridge between modern agricultural knowledge and where it has the most impact.
Thus, we have worked hard to build a trustworthy reputation, and through our partner business Vialanga, we have built a network with over a hundred small-scale farmers in the most remote areas in Ecuador. In the near future, we aim to give this network shape in the form of a coöperation that will make educating a large group of small farmers easier.
We are active in Ecuador, which lies in the Amazon. The country is famous because it houses some of the highest biodiverse amazon regions in the world. Sadly the country relies heavily on oil and logging for its economy and allowed the exploration of pristine rainforest regions for oil.
This makes oil and the pollution that it brings the number one threat in amazon conservation. Another significant threat is a lack of knowledge of agricultural techniques. This forces poor farmers to chop or burn down more rainforest to make new fertile soil available.
We mainly operate in the eastern parts of Ecuador. In this area, we strongly collaborate with traditionally living indigenous tribe, the Huaorani. The orange marked region represents the Huaorani territory. Their region is around 7,000 square kilometres but used to be over 20,000. As a foundation, we aim to purchase rainforest surrounding their territory to, in a sense, give it back to them. For it is their ancestral home and, they are the best caretakers of the forest. We then, together with the Huaorani, protect and manage it.
The Huaorani territory is on the Eastern side, towards Peru, surrounded by the Yasuni national park. Yasuni is famous for being one of the most biodiverse places globally. It also houses some of the last uncontacted tribes on earth, the Tagaeris and the Tanomenanes. Both tribes live in the so-called ITT regions, on the map Zona Intangible'. Then there are the Kichwas which live in the yellow marked areas.