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

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