Feeding Conservation: An African Vision for Restoring Biodiversity
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.
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).