By establishing teak plantations on deforested areas, we have had more than 200 employees during the planting periods. After planting, and for the management of plantations, we employ 20-40 people depending on the season and required tasks. The staff do their best to maintain the plantations in accordance with the highest technical standards. The staff have employment contracts, social security and there is equal pay for men and women.
Additional income source for farmers
By signing a Shared Benefit Agreement with Nicaforest, the farmers can enter the international timber and carbon market, which would not have been possible without such an agreement. This represents an additional long-term source of income, which enables the farmers to benefit from a diversification strategy.
Transfer of technology and know-how
Training and education of employees is an important part of operations. Forestry techniques and issues related to health and safety are an important part of this training. Furthermore, students from natural science universities participate in programs that enable them to complete their education through field studies.
Strengthening food security
To utilize available land, we developed a system for landless people to grow food crops (i.e., beans) between the rows of trees. In total, more than 70 tons were harvested in the pilot.
Increased community resilience
The strong diversification of income sources for the farmers as they move into the timber and carbon market, combined with more people registering in the social security system, will increase community resilience locally and regionally.