Meet some of our amazing farmers
25 years old
James has a bachelor’s in accounting, but he went back home to become a
Farming is a family tradition, but more importantly it’s his passion. James is always looking to learn
he is eager to try new agricultural practices on his land.
“I have rice and agroforestry. I grow mostly vegetables and fruit trees, like 10 avocado trees. I have bananas, 3 mango trees, 2 orange trees, and I grow popo wheat and potatoes. I also grow plants that are not edible, but I just have them for intercropping, like trees for animals and to cover the crops. The crops benefit from the trees, and the trees benefit from the crops.”*
28 years old
Aminata, or Amy, is a house wife and farmer. She takes care of the land
feeds her family, while her husband manages rice paddies next to the river, which is the family cash
region in Gambia where Amy lives is severely deforested and impacted by climate change. There is very
rainfall left and they have seen increasing extremes in temperatures.
“We were already very aware of agroforestry because of the long-term benefits, like more income and different foods. But we previously couldn’t switch because the transition period is too costly, we needed financial support from the beginning to start agroforestry. There was no other way, the normal loans from the bank were very expensive.”*
28 years old
Aminata is a housewife and farmer. She takes care of the land that feeds
family while her husband manages rice paddies along the river, which is the family’s cash crop. This
Kenya is severely deforested and feeling the effects of climate change. There is very little rainfall
increasing extremes in temperatures
“We were already very aware of agroforestry because of its long-term benefits, like more income and different foods. But we couldn’t switch because the transition period is too costly, and bank loans are normally very expensive. Acorn has given us the financial support we need to move to agroforestry.”*
42 years old
Nina grows plantain, cassava, cocoa, and sometimes pepper. She also has a few trees on her land which she tends to carefully. She had not heard of agroforestry, but had intuitively implemented its principles on her land.
“I noticed that plants closer to the trees looked healthier than plants that did not, so I kept the trees. Their roots attract water to the soil for nutrients, so I am eager to plant even more! Nothing has held me back except money.”*
*: Based on actual interviews, personal details have been altered for privacy reasons.