Can Healthy Soil Keep Climate Refugees at Home?
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The Ray C. Anderson Foundation has just announced a $100,000 grant to the Inga Foundation to help continue the great work they are doing in Honduras to help solve an age-old challenge that families there face with soil fertility, climate change, food security, and extreme weather conditions. The solution is multifaceted, and it provides an excellent example of how two relatively small nonprofits can work together on an issue that is much bigger than they are, in order to elevate its importance to other potential stakeholders and funders. We would appreciate your consideration for publishing this story and sharing with your networks.

Valerie Bennett, 770.317.5858 [email protected]
Lorraine Potter, 434.841.7240 [email protected]

Ray C. Anderson Foundation’s NextGen Committee
Awards $100,000 to Inga Foundation
Feeding the soil that feeds families on #WorldSoilDay

Atlanta, GA, December 5, 2019—The NextGen Committee of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to The Inga Foundation for their “Land for Life” program.
The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is a private family foundation that was launched in 2012 to celebrate the legacy of Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011), a globally known industrialist turned environmentalist that was once named the “Greenest CEO” by Fortune magazine and a “Hero of the Environment” by TIME.
The Foundation’s NextGen Committee is comprised of Ray’s five grandchildren and their spouses. Since 2014, the Committee has taken an active role in perpetuating Ray’s legacy by investing in projects geared to make the world a better place for “Tomorrow’s Children.” Over the past seven years, the committee has funded more than $400,000 in programs with focus ranging from conservation to climate change education, to urban agriculture, and now, agroforestry.

The Land for Life program designed by tropical ecologist Mike Hands of Cambridge University, is a revolutionary agricultural/regenerative system of alley cropping that breaks the environmentally destructive and carbon intensive cycle of slash-and-burn farming in one of the world’s most important and fragile rainforest ecosystems. The model offers families in the tropics soil fertility, good harvests, long-term food security and good income potential, on the same land, without having to slash and burn fresh land.

Changing People’s Lives. Changing Whole Landscapes

Since 2012, the debt-free, bottom-up, low-cost, and scientifically proven agroforestry model led by local foresters, field directors and nursery staff in Honduras has enabled 300 families to organically and sustainably grow their food crops. Livelihoods have improved and the farmers are able to provide ample food for their families and then sell additional organic cash crops (i.e. pepper, turmeric, cacao and vanilla) for steady income.

Over three million resilient Inga trees have been planted, many on steep, degraded slopes. Inga trees are a nitrogen-fixing tree species, maintaining soil fertility and good harvests year after year, thereby breaking the cycle of slash-and-burn. The trees have sequestered carbon, preserved rainforests and their biodiversity and wildlife habitats, protected water sources, restored ecosystems and prevented erosion from mudslides.

McCall Langford, the 2019 chair of the NextGen Committee, says The Inga Foundation’s Land for Life program was chosen to receive the grant not only for its carbon sequestration potential, but also for the fact that the project provides so many additional “beyond carbon” benefits that align well with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“This project has immense capability to help repair the fragile ecosystem and put carbon back into balance in the rainforests of Honduras and beyond,” Langford said. “It delivers key social and economic services back into the communities that need it the most. That is why the Inga Foundation’s grant proposal was so attractive to us. We are thrilled that these families can stay on their land, remain in their existing homes, feed their families and earn the income they need to be successful, without becoming ‘climate refugees’ as a result of increasing instances of extreme weather conditions.”

Inga Foundation founder and director, Mike Hands says the NextGen grant will allow Inga Foundation to allocate much needed funds to capital investment projects. “It will provide the Honduras team with the tools and technologies necessary to advance more of the 300 farming families from basic food security, to growing cash crops for steady incomes,” he said.
“We have many farmers who are ready to move to the cash crop stage,” Hands said, “but we need solar panels and dryers to increase the nursery area enough to help move more cash crop seedlings into the production stage. These kinds of capital investments are now possible with this commitment. "

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