Manuel Narvaez Andy

  Guayusa-farmer Manuel Narvaez Andy, his wife Esthella and their four young boys live in the Kichwa community of Mushullakta, Napo-province.   “We have been selling guayusa for five years now”, Manuel reveals. “Last year, Esthella and I sold 400 pounds of fresh leaves to RunaTarpuna”.   Manuel and Esthella own a chakra of 30 hectares. Apart from their 6,500 trees of guayusa, they grow a large variety of different plants in their agroforestry system,

Monitoring the Contribution of Agroforestry Systems to Biodiversity Conservation

A renowned professor of Tropical Forestry and expert on agroforestry systems at Yale University, Dr. Florencia Montagnini is teaming up with Runa Foundation to lead our new research on how growing guayusa in agroforestry systems helps to sustain biodiversity.   In Agroforestry and Biodiversity Conservation in Tropical Landscapes, Agroforestry is defined as “a dynamic, ecologically based natural resource management practice that, through the integration of trees and other tall woody plants on farms and in

Mixed planting of trees and short-cycle crops increases productivity and ensures successful land restoration

  Rotating agroforestry fund set to finance forest restoration within buffer zone of Sumaco Napo-Galeras National Park by pairing tree planting with agricultural micro-loans to guayusa farmers.   Napo, Ecuador. -  “Restoration is not quite the same as reforestation”, explains program director Sydney Nilan as we arrive to Mushullakta, a Kichwa-community in Napo-province. “In restoration, your main goal is to recover the ecological integrity of degraded land, we want to restore a forest-like structure and

Muru Inchi, una Variedad Amazónica de Maní

El proyecto de Muru Inchi se enfoca en la expansión comercial de una variedad amazónica de maní, conocida científicamente como Arachis hypogaea L. El plan se ejecutará con dos aliados de Fundación Runa: la comunidad Puni Katona, especialmente con el grupo de mujeres involucradas con el maní; así como con la asociación Tsatsayaku, ambos ubicados en la provincia de Napo en Ecuador. Jenny Grefa Para perfeccionar el proyecto se han realizado tres reuniones estratégicas, la

La collecte de données GPS Dans les fermes agroforestières

Cette semaine Leonidas (technicien agricole et agent de liaison avec les communautés) et moi-même, nous nous sommes rendus 2 jours dans la communauté Oritoyaku. Ce village de 80 personnes va prochainementêtre relié à une route. Le développement connaitra une forte augmentation avec l’accès notamment à différents projets de Sylviculture et de reforestation jusqu’ici limités par le manque d’infrastructure routier.   La collecte de données GPS des différentes Fincas (fermes) fut l’objectif principal de notre mission.

Proceso de Certificación Orgánica

Después de veinte minutos en un camino lleno de piedras y con la vista más preciosa a la cordiller de los andes cubierta de selva, llegamos a el pueblo de Puna Ishpingo. Ishpingo es el árbol amazónico que produce un aroma similar al de la canela comercial. Se preguntarán, bueno que tiene de especial esta canela amazónica ? Lo mismo me preguntaba yo hasta que llegamos a un árbol de 15 años de edad y

Community Development -Internship, Stephanie

Hola! I’m Stephanie, the slightly older of the typical interns at Runa Foundation, just entering now into the last of the 9 week I’ve spent here in the Amazon, and starting to feel the inklings of sadness as I know the goodbyes will be coming soon.   After finishing a master’s in environmental science and management back in 2013, I spent the next few years working in marine conservation and then switching gears and teaching

Escarificación de Semilla

  Como pasante de Runa, he estado expuesta constantemente a la increíble astucia y sabiduría de la naturaleza. En el último proyecto Stephanie y yo tuvimos que remojar semillas de Guayusa en ácido sulfúrico para empezar el proceso de germinación. Mientras el pungente olor del ácido entraba en mi nariz, pregunté a mi compañera cómo es posible que este proceso ocurra en la naturaleza ya que a: la existencia de ácidos potentes en la naturaleza

5 May 2017

24 de Mayo, The 1st Kichwa Owned Guayusa Processing Facility

  In an effort to increase indigenous ownership over the guayusa value chain, Runa Foundation has been working with the guyausa producers association from the community of 24 de Mayo to establish the world’s first Kichwa owned and operated guayusa processing facility. Retrofitting existing community infrastructure for the new facility began in February of this year and is scheduled for completion later this summer. Meanwhile, over the last 6 months there have been a series of

Frank Hicks

 Independent consultant with over 25 years’ experience in international rural development and conservation  Has worked for leading foundations, rural development NGOs, conservation organizations and investment companies  Expert in sustainable agriculture, small business development, rural finance and impact investing  BA from Stanford University, MPP from Harvard