The Chiapas state covers an area of over 7.3 million hectares and is home to 5.2 million people, of which 74.7% live in poverty. Chiapas alone is responsible for nearly half of Mexico's palm oil production, with 90% of palm oil farmers being smallholders. It is also the number two state in the country in terms of biodiversity and forest cover.
Earthworm works in two vital areas – Marques de Comillas and La Encrucijada – with a vision to scale up to the entire state. Some of the key challenges present include: poverty, susceptibility to commodity price fluctuations, and low productivity. In turn, these drive farmers to clear forests, overexploit waterways, degrade soils, and work under unsafe conditions.
450 ha of farmland sustainably managed through holistic farm plans
6 ha of key wetlands protected and 3,767 trees planted.
220 people trained in the landscape on sustainable natural resource management
Chiapas is one of the key ecosystems where Earthworm Foundation works through its landscapes approach.
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