ABOUT US & THE PROJECT
Together with our Danish partners, http://www.cofoco.dk/ and http://www.riccos.dk/ we have initiated a 300,000 nursery & fruit tree planting project in the Mexican State of Veracruz.
This is in order to support local farmers (single mothers and low-income families), diversify crops and help with the urgent problem of deforestation / C02 emission / climate change.
Each fruit tree absorbs 28kg CO2 annually according to scientific estimates from www.conacyt.gob.mx/. Three fruits are: Lime persa, Allspice, Guanabana and Avocado – all endemic to the area.
We are rapidly expanding this project and are initiating precision farming and other innovative solutions.
Scientists at Switzerland’s https://ethz.ch/en.html published in 2019 in the Journal “Science” that by restoring forests to their maximum potential, we could cut down atmospheric CO2 by 25%.
FACTS ABOUT DEFORESTATION IN MEXICO
www.inecol.mx/inecol/index.php/es/ concludes that Veracruz is the Mexican state with the highest risk of deforestation. Predicts that over a 7-year period, 4% of forest land will be lost.
https://www.gob.mx/profepa deems that 108 areas in Mexico have a worrying rate of deforestation. The state of Veracruz has the highest number (9).
According to https://www.globalforestwatch.org/ Mexico lost 274,000-hectare forest land in 2016, and the numbers are increasing.
According to www.fao.org/home/es/, Mexico lost 3.2 million hectare of forest land between 2001-2017 equating a 6% loss. 34% of the fauna in Mexican forest is endemic and 12% will be lost in a few years if the deforestation continues at the current rate.
www.nasa.gov in a 2013 study – using Satellites – puts Mexico in top 3 among countries with deforestation (with indicators: Malaysia: 115, Nepal: 114 y Mexico: 92). Similar results are obtained in a recent study in a cooperation between Google & Matthew Hansen, University of Maryland.
https://www.greenpeace.org/mexico/ rates Mexico as the 5th ranked country with respect to deforestation.
A 2014 paper presented at the International Coffee Science Association (https://www.asic-cafe.org/) conference predicts that plunging coffee prices may be pressuring farmers to carve out land in rainforests for survival, and may drive deforestation by more than 100,000 hectares yearly – worldwide.
Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (https://www.kew.org/) published in 1/2019 a study in “Science Advances Journal” predicting that 60% of wild coffee species (there are 124 In the world) are expected to become extinct due to deforestation, human settlement and climate change.
NURSERY AND TREE PLANTING
The nursery is in Tejeria, Veracruz, Mexico and is made possible from initial investment from Denmark.
Initial time in nursery: 6-12 months depending on crop and weather.
Three fruits are: Lime persa, Allspice, Guanabana and Avocado (Hass) – all endemic to the area.
All fruit trees are planted in terrain with local farmers under a contract farming. With our local cooperative headed by Marcos Aguilar, we work closely with 500+ local farms in Veracruz.
We plant 400 trees per hectare: This is a correct amount that allows enough light and space to each tree – such that the fruit trees are productive. Photosynthesis is key.
After 2 years in terrain, the fruit trees give full crops and the cooperative will help the local farmers and families make an extra income by selling the fruits.
Each fruit trees absorbs annually 28kg C02 annually.
NURSERY AND TREE PLANTING
Farmers have an incentive to look after the trees as it is a future income. And as it helps to avoid deforestation without excessive upfront costs. Many farmers don’t have liquidity to pay upfront for the trees and the associated cost involved.
A drone will be used. Marcos already uses this on his land to check the trees’ humidity and to prevent diseases – see attached video taken over his 100-hectare terrain. The infrared camera captures many details including nurturing and water.
This is called “precision agriculture”: Each land parcel is treated as a separate unit