Feeding Conservation: An African Vision for Restoring Biodiversity

Conservation farming practices taught by COMACO result in farming with nature, not against it, using minimum tillage, agroforestry and crop rotation...and much improved yields for small-scale farmers. Photo by Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS.

By Dale Lewis

Since 2003, the non-profit company Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO) has been working in Zambia to help poor farmers improve their skills, grow surpluses, and receive above-market prices for their produce in exchange for meeting conservation targets. In managing the production and sale of these nutritious and chemical-free products, COMACO has committed itself to passing on above-market-price profits to farmers in the form of raw materials if they commit to conservation.

Conservation farming practices taught by COMACO result in farming with nature, not against it, using minimum tillage, agroforestry and crop rotation…and much improved yields for small-scale farmers. Photo by Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS.

As a result, many people enjoy healthy, delicious food products that help to support small farmers and protect wildlife. Through the It’s Wild! line of products – which includes peanut butter, honey, and fruits and vegetables – COMACO is working to fight hunger and poverty using environmentally safe land use and farming practices (participating farmers must not have any involvement in illegal logging or poaching).

We’ve built a growing following of farmers – 109,322 registered and counting – across the Luangwa Valley ecosystem, many of whom had previously struggled to grow enough food —> Read More Here

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