For this project, the Mulokot Foundation teamed up with the Netherlands-based Foundations for Farming. Several members of our organization as well as locals from the villages received training from our Dutch and Canadian partners in this new method.
Traditionally, Wayana’s used the Slash-and-burn method for farming. This is a method of cultivation in which forests are burned and cleared for planting. It is historically practiced by Indigenous peoples and subsistence farmers.
The new method should put a stop to slash-and-burn agriculture. The slash-and-burn farming method has its disadvantages. This includes deforestation, loss of habitat and species, an increase in air pollution and the release of carbon into the atmosphere which contributes to global climate change.
In the new method, compost is used extensively. Also, many steps are taken to work on the enrichment of the soil. Additionally, land slots are re-used. Thus, the new agriculture method will help in supplying food for the Wayana people whilst also being safe and sustainable for the environment.
Locals from the village of Kawemhakan were the first to receive training and utilize the new method. Apetina, Palumeu en Tepu, Sipaliwini en Coeroeni soon followed. It is noteworthy that the Wayana locals who received training are also able to pass the knowledge down to others. This assures the sustainability of the project.
The project started in 2019, but was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In august of 2021, approximately a year after the pandemic first hit, we picked up where we had left of. The conclusion of this project will take place at the end of June 2022.