Porta’s is committed to supporting local and international communities. Porta wanted to select a charity in the forestry industry that aligned with its core values. We chose to support Beyond Subsistence, a not-for-profit organisation that undertakes forestry and agroforestry projects. These projects help build healthy forests, which are essential to help subsistence farmers break the poverty cycle. The integration of trees into farming environments replenishes soils, provides nutritious seed for food, fuel for cooking and valuable timber for building.
Porta’s financial support has contributed to their Master Tree-grower Program (MTG) that delivers agroforestry training aimed at creating ‘champion farmers’ in regional areas whose role it is to encourage the integration of trees into the landscape. The MTG program trains around 40 people in a region over a period of 5 days. A mix of Australian and Ugandan presenters facilitate the training.
The outcomes of the program for the participants and their community include:
- confidence to manage their own land for timber production
- knowledge about how to support timber conservation
- skills that help them address important issues such as food security, fuel and timber shortages, soil and water quality, livestock fodder, shelter and most importantly, income generation
- skills in apiary and horticulture.
We will keep you updated on their progress and the next stages of the MTG program.