IngaSystems brings together three projects focused on agroforestry and silvopastoral systems in Latin America led from the University of Exeter. Scientists from Exeter, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and University of Edinburgh have teamed up with the Instituto Ouro Verde (IOV) to create a social approach to sustainable tropical agriculture. The projects support and encourage local communities to adopt sustainable farming methods that provide food security and income whilst simultaneously improving tree cover and soil conditions in one of the most degraded areas of Amazonia.
Our partners in Brazil, Insituto Ouro Verde (IOV), have launched a new mobile phone app that gives information to small family farmers about trees that are useful in tree based agriculture and grazing systems. This is a really exciting development that can potentially make a huge difference to the ultimate reach of the project. IOV have designed it so the farmers can upload information about their favourite trees, thereby improving the underlying data, so it’s a two way system.
‘Improving agroforestry and silvopastoral systems in Latin America by maximising species and genetic diversity of the multipurpose legume Inga’
‘Diversifying tree based grazing systems to create smallholder price premium opportunities for milk production in the
Amazonian Arc of Deforestation’
‘Investigating the contributions of women’s agroforestry activities to renegotiating gender equality and food security in Brazil’