Ya’axché is helping farmers transition to more climate smart and environmentally friendly farming practices that will not only help decrease the cutting down of forests but also support the livelihoods of the farmers in the Maya Golden Landscape. We promote farming techniques that are resilient to climate change effects, ensure food security and protect ecosystem services for this region.
We maintain close communication with farmers across the Maya Golden Landscape to keep updated with their challenges, needs and enquiries so that we can support them in the application of climate-smart farming. In addition to providing trainings, access to equipment, materials and supplies, our extension team makes daily visits (extension visits) to provide technical and practical advice to farmers on how to establish, maintain and improve their climate-smart farms. Ya’axché collaborates with organizations like FHIA (Fundación Hondureña de Investigación Agrícola), Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) and Inga Foundation to implement exchange visits with our farmers so they can see firsthand the successes of climate-smart farming practices in other areas of the country as well as in other countries.
Farmers across the Maya Golden Landscape are commenting on the need to implement farming practices that are good for the environment and that also generates income. They realize that their current practices (such as slash and burn) need to be altered so that the environment can continue to support them and their families into the future. Responding to this need, Ya’axché is supporting over 80 farmers in transitioning to the implementation of climate-smart farming practices. We have supported farmers to implement cacao-based agroforestry, inga alley cropping, slash and mulch as well as apiculture.
Mateo Ack showing the blanket of mulch created by the Inga trees in the Inga Alley Cropping Farming System. | Photo: Maximiliano Caal
To acknowledge the good work of the farmers, we have awarded four outstanding farmers through our annual Farmer of the Year Award. 10 farmers have been supported to create demonstration farms, whereby these exceptional farmers share their experiences and knowledge with new farmers. The adoption of climate-smart farming practices has prevented the continued loss of forest in the Maya Golden Landscape; Ya’axché will continue to work alongside farmers in an effort to decrease deforestation.
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