Agroforestry in the Amazon

Agroforestry plantation cropsBMS World Mission workers are embarking on a new agroforestry project to encourage people to care about the environment and to combat food insecurity in Peru.
Thanks to the service of BMS workers in the Nauta Integral Mission Training Centre (NIMTC) in Peru’s Amazon rainforest, pastors are discovering another way to use their land.
By selectively cutting down trees, and planting a wide variety of crops and plants, a huge selection of fruit and veg can be grown. Seeing just how much food is produced will help the pastors visiting the centre for theological training understand the importance of sustainable food production.
Cashew budding agroforestryWith 30 per cent of Peru’s population living below the national poverty line, sustainable food production is much needed. Agroforestry combats poverty by increasing food security – in other words, it increases the amount and variety of food that can be produced each year. This means that instead of an entire community being dependent on one crop that could fail, communities will always reap a good harvest because of the variety grown. “It’s not about bringing in money, it’s about helping people understand how they can make the most of what’s already around,” says Mark Greenwood, BMS Regional Team Leader for South America and Sub-Saharan Africa.
This year, BMS environmentalist Laura-Lee Lovering and BMS plant propagator help create a model agroforestry area at NIMTC. Pastors from remote areas of Peru come to the centre to learn about leadership and community development. They will use the model area to also learn agroforestry skills that they can take back to their communities.
agroforestry thumbnailTraditionally in South America, caring for the environment has not automatically been seen as a part of a relationship with God, but through agroforestry BMS mission workers are able to show that creation care is very much an important part of the kingdom of God.
Please pray that sustainable food production in Peru is achieved through the agroforestry project.

BMS: Agroforestry in the Amazon