Trees that Hold the Soil

“Quesungual” is an agro-forestry method whereby the forest is not cut down. Instead, planting is done among dispersed trees that are pruned to allow light to filter in.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Hurricane Mitch’s path through Honduras in 1998 not only caused 10 thousand deaths, it destroyed 40% of the crop in the country. However, in Lempira, on the western part of the country, planting done through the “Quesungual,” method survived the forces unleashed by the wind and water.

"The novel aspect that this method has is that it modifies traditional concepts of agro-forestry. It attempts to build a system that resembles a natural ecosystem, in which trees are not cut down and the ground has cover," Luis Alvarez, FAO program technical assistant for Honduras told BBC World. FAO is the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture.

With this method, soil erosion is greatly reduced because tree roots hold the soil, preventing ground slides.

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