By John Lukas - Presdent, White Oak Conservation Center, Inc.
Monitoring Peanut-Corn-Cassava Field
OCP technicians and educators have been traveling throughout the Reserve meeting with farmers and leaders, encouraging them to keep up their efforts to improve their livelihoods through sustainable agroforestry techniques. The agroforestry team set up several vegetable nurseries and monitored mixed crop fields of farmers who received seeds and agrarian tools from OCP in 2013. The production of cash crops such as peanuts and cassava flour allows farmers to invest in the schools and clinics that serve their communities.
One major outcome of the many conservation seminars given around the Reserve over the last year by OCP educators on the effects of deforestation is that the District office for Environment in Bunia has produced more than 10,000 seedlings of fruit trees and eucalyptus tree which were distributed to the population for planting. OCP will focus on promoting replanting of trees as a grassroots effort to reverse the effects of deforestation and provide resources to communities that participate.
We are greatly encouraged by the actions and attitudes in the communities around the Reserve, and we are grateful for the many supporters around the world that are part of this important conservation effort. Thank you for your help, and please share this information with your friends on social media.
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