Food and Nutrition
Food is an important component that drives community decision on conserving or destroying the environment. Facing challenges of climate change, crop raiding and poor production means, the community ends up on hunger and malnutrition.
High demand of protein has driven the community to engage on poaching also unsustainable agriculture associated with slush and burn practices has normally resulted into wild fire.
ECOWICE support the community on highly protein mushrooms, where they are able to produce and harvest for family consumption or selling.
Mushroom production requires small area and use agricultural residues that normally burnt in clearing farms. Instead of burning agricultural residues the community is currently using them in producing mushrooms. This has helped the community to obtain protein and income while reducing wild fire to protected areas.