Communities located in forested areas with high bio-diversity and critical watersheds have Indonesia's highest poverty, illiteracy and infant mortality rates. Lacking methods to enable people to participate in sustainable forest management, the government sometimes forcibly evicts communities from their traditional lands. The project helps 6,000 families living near 3 critical, protected forests learn to improve food production and income while regenerating forests.
The project focuses on sustainable agriculture technologies based on local knowledge. It helps stabilize farm production, thereby reducing dependence on forests. It ensures that all members, including women, have an equal opportunity to participate.
The program strives to improve agricultural livelihoods, helping families gain food security in a protected land area without further encroaching on the endangered forest.