Wildlife-Friendly Farming: Incorporating Biodiversity Conservation Knowledge to Agricultural Train and Transforming Farmers to Partners in Conservation

Longji Aaron Bako

This project is aimed at transforming local farmers into partners in the conservation of birds and biodiversity. We are teaching the farmers within and around the Leventis Agricultural Training School Tumu and the surrounding communities best practices by incorporating bird and biodiversity conservation strategies into farm planning and execution.

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Farmers will be taught selection and best ways of handling agricultural pesticides, and organic alternatives and reduce chemical pesticide dependence as much as possible. We are encouraging them to leave trees on the farm and to maintain hedgerow intercropping. We are also encouraging the sustainable use of their important community forest patches that serve as habitats for birds and biodiversity. Local farmers will be exposed to birdwatching and encouraged to become citizen scientists.

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