20 Mar '17, 4pm

didn't know that trees could be this important!”

didn't know that trees could be this important!”

Mr. Daeng Matinri, a cocoa farmer in North Luwu, said, "My cocoa production rate was quite steady—even increasing before 2010—but in these past few years, especially last year, the drought followed by pests and diseases outbreak ruined my farms. I had to use a new strategy to avoid harvest failure. I need to adapt to climate change, otherwise I will lose my farm." Many farmers were curious about biomass measurement and helped the team set up plots and measure tree height. “I didn't know that trees could be this important!” Iwan, a farmer who supported us in the field, said. “I know they are good for my cocoa, to protect the cocoa bushes from the heat, but really? Trees can save us from global warming?" Now Iwan understands the critical role trees can play in helping his farm and community survive climate change.

Full article: http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/articles/climate-smart...

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