Many of the issues farmers face can be overcome with simple, inexpensive solutions. The key is to listen to what local people did before modern agriculture, and see how new techniques can complement traditional ways without sweeping them aside.
– Rony Lec, Coordinator of IMAP
Most families in Guatemala depend directly or indirectly on agriculture for their livelihoods. But smallholder farming is more than backbreaking. Farmers disproportionately bear the impact of climate change – they are particularly vulnerable because any disruption to their agricultural system resulting from extreme weather events like hurricanes, extreme rainfall or drought results in significant crop and income losses and exacerbates food insecurity.
Few farmers have adjusted their farming strategies to cope with climate change, due to limited resources and capacity.
IMAP implements permaculture education and ancestral knowledge through three pathways:
1. FOOD SOVEREIGNTY
IMAP seeks to:
- Improve food security and family nutrition by promoting integrated permaculture systems for food production, with a focus on native and heritage plants, and
- Raise youth awareness regarding the value of agriculture.
We also welcome people from all over the world, who come to IMAP in pursuit of practical ways to live a simple, intentional life. IMAP’s goal is for people from all walks of life to apply what they learn to their homes, their cultures, their lives – and, in so doing, to collectively create an abundant future for all.
2. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
IMAP’S goal is to increase access to permaculture education, resources and appropriate technology, so that individuals and communities can meet their own basic needs in terms of housing, clean water and waste management.
Both permaculture and ancestral knowledge recognize the need for a harmonious coexistence with our environment in order to ensure our survival, and the survival of all other species on this planet.
IMAP promotes native seeds and the conservation of local ecosystems because of their genetic value, their cultural importance and their potential for enhancing quality of life and well-being.