WITHOUT IRRIGATION : PRODUCES ITS OWN FERTILIZERS
AS RESULT OF GROWING FOOD SOIL IS IMPROVED
The Swiss Ernst Götsch is a farmer and researcher who has migrated to Brazil in the early 80’s and has settled on a farm in the cocoa zone of southern Bahia. Since then, he’s developed soil recovery techniques through planting methods that mimic the natural regeneration of forests. With the accumulation of more than three decades of work that resulted in the restoration of 480 hectares of degraded land (of which 350 were determined as the first protected reserve of Bahia) Götsch developed a set of principles and techniques that enable integrating food producing dynamics with natural regeneration of forests, always complexifing systems, this is what it’s called Sintropic Agriculture.
“Life in Syntropy”
A new short film from Agenda Gotsch made specially to be presented at COP21 – Paris.
Analog agroforestry is an approach to sustainable ‘farming in the forest’ which builds on the principles of indigenous fallow management and natural species succession. It is being developed by different organisations in the humid tropics, among others in Sri Lanka and Brazil. Remarkable results were obtained by Ernst Götsch, who started with analog agroforestry in Brazil. Starting from completely degraded soils, above average yields of cacao were obtained and biodiversity increased remarkably within 5-8 years.