Improving our intercropping models with support from the LDN Fund Technical Assistance Facility

 

We are happy to announce that the Land Degradation Neutrality Fund’s Technical Assistance Facility will support us with a grant to improve our intercropping models and non-timber forest product component. While we have more than 5 years of experience in tree planting through our non-profit sister organization Fairventures Worldwide, the first intercropping pilots where launched later. So far, we have tested peanuts and cocoa and individual farmers have collected experiences with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables such as pineapples, chilies, cucumbers, string beans and eggplants. Nonetheless, there is much more potential in intercropping and with the support of the Technical Assistance Facility we are going to establish test fields for at least five promising crops and learn more about intercropping options and organic fertilization such as compost and biochar.

The Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Fund will invest in profit-generating sustainable land management and land restoration projects worldwide, to contribute to a land degradation neutral world, which is UN Sustainable Development Goal target 15.3. However, project preparedness can be a major bottleneck for Sustainable Land Management investment. In 2018, IDH was selected to establish the LDN technical assistance facility (TAF) helps to alleviate this bottleneck, and link projects to the LDN Fund and LDN impacts.