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Energy Globe Award

With more than 187 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Honduras 2019

Submitted by: Inga Foundation
Land for Life: A Sustainable Alternative to slash-and-burn in tropical Rain Forests

Inga Foundation (IF) is pioneering the introduction of a revolutionary agricultural system aimed at subsistence farmers in the humid tropics, a sustainable alternative to slash-and-burn, also the shifting agriculture that is driven by it. The Guama Model implements the findings of many years’ R & D led by Cambridge University. Our mission is to turn the tide of unsustainable destruction, to address one of the world's massive environmental problems and the food-insecurity that is its principal cause

Initial situation
Slash-and-burn subsistence agriculture has fed millions of families in the world's tropics over past centuries, today it maintains some 250- 300 millions of their descendant families in poverty, and its widespread failure is an underlying cause of rural-urban migration in the tropics. The consumptive process by which forest cover is converted to invasive grassland, over vast swathes of former tropical forest, is estimated to be contributing 1-2 billion tons of carbon (C) annually to the atmosphere.

Solution
The Guama Model provides, close to the family home with food security in basic grains, reliable low-input income from organic cash-crops and environmental protection by the removal of forest destruction by slash-and-burn through the re-greening of degraded land. Inga Foundation maintains 2 ha of the original Cambridge experimental plots at the CURLA (UNAH) campus near La Ceiba. However, their principal facility is a functioning 12 ha. Farm, at Las Flores in the Cuero valley which includes nurseries and Inga orchards for seed production.

Innovation
Inga Foundation has a demonstration farm of 12ha used by 250 families in various stages of adopting the Model. The farm and the families' plots in the buffer zone of Honduras' Parque Nacional Pico Bonito are becoming a model of sustainable rural livelihoods for the humid tropical regions of Central and South America. The Model has begun to be replicated in 8 other countries throughout the world following visits to our training facilities.




Capital: Tegucigalpa
Official language: Spanish
Total area: 112.492 km²
Population: 8.249.574
GDP/Capita/Year: $2.015
Source: Wikipedia 2012