Agroforestry is different from traditional land use as it focuses on the interactions between crops and tree species rather than just on individual species. The choice of species integration is critical when setting up agroforestry systems. It can be more productive and sustainable than forestry or agricultural monocultures.
We are currently investing in plantations in Malaysia and India where we are sustainably growing rubber trees to avoid land degradation and soil erosion over the life cycle of the projects.
We have selected two tree species; one for it’s latex production, Rubber trees (Hevea Brasiliensis) the other Paulownia (Paulownia Elongata) for it’s speed of growth and strong versatile wood; both intercropped with proven cash crops (namely pineapples, cardamom, turmeric, ginger and vanilla).
Within the Indian project, Global Plantations Ltd is providing consulting services to Worldview Impact India to aid in the intercropping and maintenance of 100ha of pineapple and going forward will assist with the necessary mechanisation for both the pineapple and the rubber processing.