Managing a project across two continents and cultures is not always very straightforward but we have a very dedicated and hard-working team. Four months into our project we are finding the best ways to coordinate field activities, transfer funds and identify major unexpected issues. One of these has been the difficulty in getting a field-worthy vehicle in the Pando, an area with few skilled mechanics and hundreds of kilometres of pot-holed roads.
Another challenge has been coordinating the planting of our rapidly growing seedlings with the Brazil nut harvest. Unfortunately our seedlings were ready to plant when most community members are out harvesting.
Hopefully though we will be able to keep the seedlings in good condition long enough to be able to start planting in a couple of weeks.
Terry Pennington is an expert on Inga and of its use in agroforestry having published detailed description and illustrations of all ca 300 species and spent many years researching and promoting their use in agroforestry culminating in his 1998 book on Inga utilization. Terry’s role is to provide technical advice and trouble-shooting as well as oversee the final product.
My role is to work with Jazmín, Rolman, Rodrigo and our four communities to oversee the agroforest and non-timber forest product component of the project.
William Milliken leads the Tropical America Team at Kew and has many years of experience in ethnobotany and the plants of South America. He is the Principle Investigaor for the project and responsible for ensuring that the whole project is a success.