Conserving biodiversity and increasing production of smallholders: Click to see the full video.
Greed, poverty, hunger, and ignorance have resulted in massive mismanagement of natural resources. Extremes have been reached in some regions of the world making it close to impossible to strike a balance. The cost of preserving natural resources have also skyrocketed as efforts have been put into research that deals with specie preservation, profit making by smallholders, soil conservation and a host others. The evolution of massive global warming has also made this more important and urgent.
The country of Uruguay has put up a well-arranged structure that makes it possible to not only for smallholders and family farms to make profit but also to increase it while paying necessary attention to management and the preservation of it natural resources with emphasis on reduction of species extinction, soil preservation and innovative agricultural practices.
Through its National System of Protected Areas the Ministry of Agriculture have been able to innovatively manage land and water while ensuring that agricultural activities go on smoothly and the farmers go home smiling having made a profit.
A showcase of this is the Rocha farming land which is 230 kilometers from Montevideo, Uruguay. The Rhoda land is sized 220 hectares by the sea shores of Rocha lakes and home of stockbreeding production in full cycle of 27 native species. Sustainability is emphasized as care is taken to conserve the soil at all season keeping it covered from both natural elements and grazing animals. What more, farmers are allowed to care for their animals following monitored standards that have been set with the preservation of the environment as a key priority.
As a result, everyone goes home happy as there is guarantee of soil been conserved, habitat for crossing birds, and profitability for the farmers and the preservation of the Rocha Lake.
Blogpost by Olawale Ojo, one of the GCARD2 social reporters.