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Published on Nov 27, 2012
The pristine forest of Nan has been a source of pride and food for the Nan people for generations. In the last decade, widespread contract maize farming has taken over the mountainous landscape, replacing the dense forest. Fertilizers and pesticide used for this intensive cash-crop are rapidly deteriorating environmental quality. The province that was once self-sufficient in food production has now to import large amounts of food.
The Poverty-Environment Initiative provides support to the PAO, local communities, Provincial government and private stakeholders to identify alternative livelihood options that minimize the environmental damage caused by corn farming.