Unfortunately, these trees are being deforested for firewood, making it more and more difficult to find them in the wild. Part of this project is to educate the local communities on the value of these trees as more than just firewood and sustainable harvesting and collection of firewood.
The project is also reforesting 5,000 hectares with Cacay Trees, helping counteract global warming, improving soil and protecting basins.
Cacay crops generate significant benefits, especially now that everyone is realising the importance of protecting the planet. The tree captures large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere and, by constantly shedding its leaves, it improves soil quality promoting the growth of flora on the forest floor.
It is an ideal crop for the rural economy as small areas can hold several trees, it is easy to handle and is well associated with other crops such as: cocoa, banana, rice, corn and forages.
The harvest is in the summer, when other crops are not producing, generating income for farmers in the most difficult time of year.
It is a highly profitable alternative that can be used for illicit crops substitution and poverty eradication in the countryside. One hectare generates an average household income of more than one minimum wage per month, for over 50 years.
Wild harvesting generates incomes for indigenous communities within conflict zones. This crop is a new food safety alternative for the planet, as from the tree can be obtained: nuts, oil and flour.