Asociación de Productores de Alimentos Nutricionales Andinos Mushuk Yuyay, APROSANAMY



Alan Adams
Nicolas Pichazaca


Ucuoma | Ecuador


In 1968, during the Ecuadorian Agrarian Reform, each community formed a cooperative to purchase and administer the land. The membership of this cooperative decided to plant trees on land that could not be used for crops. Eucalyptus were readily available and grew quickly. The project seemed successful. However, now, 50 years later, the ecological damage done by the trees is obvious. The soil is dry and poor, and the eucalyptus choke out biodiversity. The area is about 14 ha. and economically unproductive. The plan it to convert the land to native bushes, cacti, agave, and grasses for fix nitrogen, sequester carbon, conserve moisture. The area is important for collecting rain and fog for irrigation of nearby crops. The trees will be removed and native plants added, particularly agave and broom. Agave products have economic value. Broom have flowers that will support beekeeping. Water retention improves irrigation in times of chaotic rainfall patterns. Healthier soils will mean cleaner air to do our part to combat climate change. This work will be done gradually over 8 year while apiculture and agave are growing in importance. Native llama and alpaca will be pastured here as well. They contribute to soil health in a variety of ways. The site will serve an education center to help local farmers cultivate agave, begin beekeeping, and put other native bushes where they can help build soil and stop erosion. The measurement of soil organic carbon will be done at the outset and be repeated periodically. This local people will work together to make these changes now, but the benefits of the changes will be felt for generations to come.



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  1. I thought I had uploaded my PowerPoint presentation. I need to try that again.

  2. Hi Alan, I can see your powerpoint. I guess everything worked out... let me know, if you need any help!

  3. Anonymous

    Hi all, 

    We just wanted to make you aware of our activities at the stand 114 (0114 - Adaptación al cambio climático de la agricultura de secano mediterránea: su contribución a la contaminación cero). We are presenting today our mobile VR app LIFE AMDRYC4. It is available for IOS and ANDROID (https://apkpure.com/es/life-amdryc4/com.UMU.LIFEAMDRYC4 or https://apps.apple.com/es/app/life-amdryc4/id1540739695) and you can also play through the web application at our official site (http://lifeamdryc4.eu/aplicacion/). The application is available in 5 languages (Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French and English) and allows you to simulate the effects of agricultural practices on the soil productivity, and CO2 emissions. We would love to have your feedback on this and we are happy to answer any question you may have about the LIFE AMDRYC4 project.

    Maria Jose Martinez (Research Coordinator, University of Murcia), Carmen Perez Sirvent (Research Coordinator, University of Murcia), Manuel Hernandez Perez (VideoGame Designer and Project Manager, University of Salford Manchester). 

  4. Thank you for sharing with everyone the work you are doing in soils and forestsrestoration. I would like to invite you to visit our Stand 19 - Agripower Australia, to learn about the benefits that silicon fertiliser has for conservation agriculture, soil and plant health, and carbon sequestration. Please leave a message for us if you would like to meet and talk more! www.agripower.com.au

  5. Anonymous

    Hi, Alan, this is Josephine Chen from HomelandGreen.HK and I think we chatted through the HomelandGreen FaceBook shortly after the opening of this fair last week. I sometimes find it really hard to visit the stand at the right time when you are around because we operate at different time zone on the globe. So I choose to leave a message first before trying my best to attend your live presentation on Monday morning. 

    From my experience of working for land recovery for so many years in northern China and Hong Kong, most of us went through this learning process of planting the wrong kind of trees. We made the same mistake in planting eucalyptus in Hong Kong right after WWII because eucalyptus grows fast and apparently needs not much water and the only thing important in those days was to get bare land planted with trees at the fastest speed. The importance of using indigenous plants for land recovery was only recognized several decades later when the detrimental ecological effects became obvious. The good thing is that we can learn and we learn fast. With the advancement in scientific research and sharing of experience, now we all know that the first thing we have to do is to find the right kind of indigenous plants as pioneers, and the rest will follow. Hope you would find the experience I share about the greening of the Ulan Buh desert in Stand 35 interesting and encouraging as you would see that once you get the science right, nature recovers itself at unbelievable speed. I wonder whether you have visited Stand 028, that of RegenerationInternational. They report their work in Mexico, which shares a similar climate as your place. They are also using agave because of its ecological and potential economical value. They are creating a new agroforestry model by testing out agave with other companion plants or trees and definitely the two organizations of yours have so much to complement and share with one another. Have a nice weekend. 

  6. Anonymous

    Hi, this is Josephine again. https://regenerationinternational.org/billion-agave-project?fbclid=IwAR0L97f7ZZaPUcy8MIdayR3dQuw50_SFV8rK4Muu5qnouUKBcZ855Lx_Xsw

    For easy reference, here is the link to the billion-agave project by RI in Mexico. 

  7. Anonymous

    Good morning, Josephine. Thank you for your comments. The billion agave project is very encouraging to us. I have studied it carefully and was happy to see that they have reached the same conclusions we have, and that they are employing the same methods. That is always gratifying. We will never reach the number of a billion. A few hundred is our capacity, and we are putting them in gradually. Fifty years ago we planted eucalyptus with great hope for the same reasons you did. There are several old and beautiful eucalyptus trees in the area. They stand alone or in a line along a hill. They provide firewood and the leaves are medicinal. However, planting them in a grove was wrong. Fifty years ago we hadn't heard the word biodiversity. Tear up all those weeds (native plants) and put in something useful (invasive species) was the guiding rule that misguided us.

  8. Anonymous

    Good evening. I am Dr. Nandini from BAIF Development Research Foundation, India. We are representing our work on 'Soil restoration for achieving sustainable livelihoods, climate change adaptation and mitigation' through stand no 37. Please visit our stand and join our event on 18-05-2021 between 14.00 to 15.00 IST.
    The topic for the event is 'Tree based farming system (Wadi)'. BAIF Development Research Foundation in partnership with farming families, has evolved and promoted “Tree Based Farming System” popularly known as “Wadi”. The Wadi model has been widely adopted by more than 0.45 million families in 25 states of India. This has resulted in significant increase in farm income, reduction in distress migration, better nutrition and improved quality of lives of the participating families. The programme interventions have resulted in various environmental benefits including improved biodiversity and substantial sequestration of carbon in soil and wood biomass. This session aims at sharing the details of the Wadi model and our experience pertaining to it.

  9. Good evening. I am Dr. Nandini from BAIF Development Research Foundation, India. We are participating in this virtual EU Fair and have shared our work on 'Soil restoration for achieving sustainable livelihoods, climate change adaptation and mitigation' through stand no 37. Please do visit our stand for understanding the work in India. 

    This is also to share with you all that we have planned a sharing event on 25th May between 14.00 to 15.00 IST (+/- 5.5 UTC). The topic of this sharing event is 'Environmentally sound and climate smart program interventions through BAIF Development Research Foundation', India. It will be based on BAIF, India's efforts on ground to build resilience of vulnerable farming communities against climate change effects by introducing on ground, the multisectorial program interventions for resilient farming system.

    So, please participate for enriching knowledge!  See you there! 

  10. Thanks for sharing.  When did the project commence?  What is the state of play?  Really hope for the success.  Would like to know more about the success and setbacks in the process.

  11. Thank you, Daniel, for your interest. The planning began well over two years ago when it became apparent that the eucalyptus trees were doing more harm than good for the health of the soil and the other native flora. However work has been delayed by lack of funds and by COVID. Small sections of the land have been cleared of trees and selected agave plants have been installed. We have not been able to arrange soil testing yet. We know it is in miserable condition, but need a scientific qualification for that. The community is determined to make this a success and is proud of their small progress in spite of the obstacles. The site is already being used for practical education in agave cultivation.

  12. Marc, I was surprised to see this today. I am anxious to renew conversations about our project.