• Fruits & Reforestation

    Pay for the planting of three fruit trees planted on the edges of land purchased for reforestation so locals in remote areas of Costa Rica have free, fresh fruit all year-round.
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What is it?

The Costa Rican success story shows how agroforestry — the sustainable combination of crops with trees — is the way forward. Your gift will lead to the small-scale planting of trees that bear edible fruit: banana, mango and cacao. These fruit trees provide a valuable source of nutrition and sustenance for rural families and communities

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Many young and able Costa Ricans have left their rural villages to get jobs. Mothers, children, and the elderly are often left behind. They may only eat rice and beans for weeks.

This is due to the lack of local markets and inadequate transportation networks. Your gift will help improve their diets and health through the planting of fruit trees on the edge of reforested land.

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Not everyone has the land, money, or knowledge to grow tropical fruit trees in a harmonious way with native forest species.
Your gift will help farmers maintain sustainable agroforestry practices while providing free and nutritious food for underprivileged members of the community. Indigenous and rural communities can also be taught how to cultivate and take care of the fruit trees and native species. Their communities can be empowered as the forest recovers.


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Long-term impact

In the 1970s, Costa Rica suffered from one of the worst deforestation rates in the world. Large areas of lush tropical vegetation had been cut down to make way for coffee, chocolate and cattle ranching. By 1983, only a quarter of this beautiful Central American country was covered by rainforest.

Today, Costa Rica remains the first tropical country to have halted and reversed deforestation. More than half of its territory is covered by forest — thanks to substantial government subsidies for land restoration and preservation efforts by farmers and landowners.

Agroforestry and reforestation has been generally beneficial to farmers and landowners. Their incomes are augmented by government subsidies and revenue from ecotourism.

For local and indigenous communities, however, this is not always seen as a positive development. They may not gain any short-term benefits. Planting tropical fruit trees in a sustainable manner helps them to improve food security. It also encourages them to participate in the transformation and restoration of the landscape — hopefully for generations.

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