Bwindi Forest Farm
Our Forested Farm “Bwindi Forest Farm”, is surrounded by a magnificent mountain area
1,400 meters above sea level. The farm is located in Southwestern Uganda in East
Africa. The elevation lover the tropical heat to a temperate climate and naturally gives our
crops balanced living conditions.
The nearest neighbor to “Bwindi Forest Farm” is Bwindi Forest National Park, which is
among the most biodiverse forest on the planet.
The park is appointed by UNESCO® as particularly worthy of preservation as it is
inhabited by several unique species and therefore considered to be unique. A very
special feature of the park is that it is home to half of the world’s remaining Mountain
Gorillas a total population of less than 700 abes! See more on
A necessary link between nature and humans
Bwindi Forest Farm was founded in 2008. It functions as a demonstration agriforestry to
show viallagers how to use the park adjecent land in a profitable way and avoid crop
raiding by wild animals emerging from the Naional Park. The agroforestry is planted with
several kinds of trees such as coffee trees, medicinal plants, various local timber trees
and nursing trees for the Vanilla orchid. Coffee, vanilla, etc. is not eaten by wild animals
and can be sold with high profit. Because of difficulties growing traditional food crops.
Park adjecent land is often rented to landless people. The children of these families then
have to guard the crops and therefore miss out on school.
Mixing local tree species in the agroforestry and maintaing canopy cover helps to
preserve the Park and also restore the original environment back to forested mountain
sides. We believe that this is the most gentle way to do agriculture,and it is beneficial to
both biodiversity and local people who benefit from the income of these agroforestry.
An agroforestry release additional resources such as firewood, timber, medicine plants,
and materials for crafts, as well as reduce illegal logging in the National Park. The
agroforestry fill in spaces where trees otherwise have been logged to prepare land to
grow traditional food crops. Clearing of trees is estimated to have disastrous
consequences for the region’s future as soilerosions easily occurs on the slopes of the
mauntains if left wthout tree cover.
– Photographs by Rikke Vedel Nielsen