We Are All In This Together

Page_Full_Column_HR-handsA recent report released by RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests (also known as the Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific) titled “Community forestry in Asia and the Pacific: Pathway to inclusive development” has highlighted the ways in which local stewardship of forests will be the future of sustainable forestry in the Asia Pacific region.

According to the authors;

“The study indicates that people will conserve biodiversity, reduce deforestation and manage forests sustainably when they derive regular benefits from them and when they are empowered to participate in decision-making processes regarding those forests.”

“As the demand for land intensifies, people and governments are facing increasing pressure on the access, management and governance of land and forests. Although there are policies, legislation and institutions to manage land resources nationally, these tools have yet to collectively address the fundamental causes of land conflict and resource mismanagement. A major reason for this failure is because the models do not adequately take account of the needs and knowledge of the people living in proximity to the forests that are being regulated. Yet, those forests are an integral part of the lives of more than 450 million people in the Asia–Pacific region.”

This is a view in line with PolyGenomX’s own values of developing cutting-edge biotechnology which enhances the performance of plants for the benefit of humanity and in harmony with Nature. As evidenced by our project with IFFDC (Indian Farm Forestry Development Co-Operative) to develop a higher-yielding drought-tolerant polyploid Neem (Azadirachta indica) for distribution to IFFDC’s 39,820 member co-ops to create self-sufficiency for impoverished farmers.

IFFDC is committed to integrated rural development and ecological up-gradation through afforestation on abandoned wastelands with community participation for improved sustainable livelihood of the landless, marginal and small farmers, tribal groups and women in particular.

In the words of PGX Managing Director Peter Rowe “This is very important work being undertaken, and we are honoured to have been chosen by Dr Awasthi to assist him in this legacy project”, of Dr Udai Shanker Awasthi the CEO and MD of IFFCO.

Raj Bharara, CEO of PolyGenomX India (PGXI) asserts that Neem is a multi-use tree chosen after extensive due diligence to spearhead the IFFCO/IFFDC endeavour for mass afforestation in India.

The project is to be undertaken as part of Dr Awasthi’s philanthropic venture which works tirelessly to raise the standard of living for India’s rural communities who rely heavily on local forests and co-op farms for their daily living provisions.

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