For two days in November, 2018, The Instituto de Estudios Superiores en Administración (IESA) in Caracas hosted a forum on “Agroforestry as a productive and sustainable alternative in Venezuela” (Agroforestería como alternativa productiva y sostenible en Venezuela, in Spanish). This forum focused on how to utilize agroforestry for Venezuela’s development, and brought together experiences and ideas via workshops and presentations by specialists in agriculture, ecology and sociology. These contributions will form the basis for a forthcoming Manual on Best Practices in Tropical Agroforestry.
This event formed part of the project “Sowing shade, harvesting water” (“Siembra sombra, cosecha agua” in Spanish), started in August 2018 and funded by the British Embassy in Caracas (@UKinVenezuela), a longstanding supporter of Provita and RSI. Luis Arrieta is RSI’s field agronomist who runs the project that aims to preserve water and forests through the expansion of shade crop farming practices in the communities of Piedra de Cachimbo and La Florida, in Vargas state. We thank Provita staff for their hard work and commitment: Ada Sánchez-Mercado, Angélica Ramos, Mariana Marcano, Diego Benitez, Williams Bermúdez and Mauricio Iranzo.