Sustainable Agriculture in Tambopata National Reserve
Tambopata National Reserve is located in the Tambopata Province, in the Peruvian Amazon. Located between the equator and the tropic of Capricorn. The average annual temperature is just over 25 Celsius ranging from 10-38 Celsius, with generally high humidity.
The reserve protects 1.5 million hectares of humid tropical forests, designated to protect the forests located between the Tambopata and Heath River.
The main agricultural products of the region, linked to global supply chains are Cocoa, Brazil Nut and more recently acai berry. They have other subsistence agriculture, mainly destined for local consumption such as papaya and many other local fruits, as well as yuca, rice beans, etc.
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Peru is the 8th largest cocoa producer in the world and its production has seen an increase in the last three years. Hence farmers in rural areas want to take advantage of the booming market opportunity and are increasingly turning their attention to cocoa production. In Tambopata the locals are for ever looking for ways to improve their agricultural methods making sure that their products are sustainably produced. This ensures that their produce can remain competitive, by meeting certification standards, as well as protecting the natural resources.
For these reasons our in Tambopata National Reserve are working hard with the local communities to help implement sustainable methods of cocoa production, as well as Brazil Nuts.
The sustainable agriculture and development team in Tambopata-Venado lodge aims to develop and implement different agricultural strategies and share these with the local communities in the nearby villages of Filedelfia and Florida Baja, to help improve the livelihood of those that depend on the local sustainable agriculture. Our primary product is cacao but we also work with Brazil Nuts and a variety of local fruits. We also aim to learn more about conservation challenges locally and propose adaptation mechanisms; so we can make changes to ensure a better future.
Activities are subject to seasonality and they may include (but will not be limited to).
- Planting and harvesting cacao
- Fermenting and drying cacao
- Collecting Brazil nuts and other local fruits
- Help develop and implement sustainable agricultural techniques
- Work with local associations to help improve market strategies.
You will be provided with training in current agricultural techniques and will work alongside locals learning from their lay knowledge and supporting their work.
In this project you will learn about sustainable development, more specifically that related to suitable agricultural practices. Understanding how locals obtain certain products (such as brazil nuts, acai berry etc.) that relay on a healthy and protected forest for its production. You will also be exposed and will gain better understanding of the Cacao production process in the Amazonian region.
Working in this project you will have the opportunity to make a contribution towards improving people’s livelihood, with the view of ensuring a healthy environment for the future and for the benefits that this environment provides.
Volunteers stay at Venado Eco House which is located about one hour from Puerto Maldonado. All accommodation is shared dorm style rooms unless a request is made for a private room (extra cost) both room types share a bathroom.
On site at Venado Eco House volunteers can swim, fish, hike and canoe during their free time. We also offer longer excursions to our Wasai Tambopata Lodge where volunteers can kayak, complete our adventure circuit and visit the largest Macaw claylick in the area.
Food will be provided by Eco Decisions and volunteers may help preparing meals.