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Plant Your Future

Plant Your Future

It is estimated that over 7.9 million hectares of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest has been deforested to date, equalling approximately an area around the size of Scotland. This occurred at a rate of 150,000 hectares per year in the period 1990 - 2000. The Peruvian Ministry for the Environment of Peru (MINAM) declared this to represent a gigantic loss of economic and ecological benefits. Most of this deforestation was driven, and continues to be driven by subsistence agriculture. Ecosystem services are disappearing with the forest whilst the slash and burn subsistence agricultural methods used trap farmers in poverty. 

Farmers face technical, commercial and financial barriers to implementing sustainable agriculture.  They cannot plant and maintain timber trees to maturity because of the high upfront and long wait to realise value. They lack the knowledge of how to grow and cultivate crops and trees on degraded lands, how to sell non-timber products at fair prices by engaging with the formal market and supply chains and how to obtain certification for products and timber. 

Plant Your Future has created a project to restore degraded unproductive agricultural lands in the Amazon and reduce deforestation pressure from agriculture through a financially sustainable model for smallholder farmers.  This innovative climate-smart agroforestry model diversifies income streams from the sale of high value short-term crops, timber and carbon offsets as well as enhancing smallholder farmers’ technical and business capacity.  Plant Your Future began working in the Peruvian Amazon in 2009 and started its first planting activities in 2012.

 Plant your future diagram

In 2013 Plant Your Future established a programmatic framework for smallholders in Peru to access carbon finance, to enable certification in accordance with the requirements of the Verified Carbon Standard and Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standard.  The project is currently in the later stages of third-party audit by the Rainforest Alliance. 

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