Gula Gula Food Forest Program (GGFFP)

The Gula Gula Food Forest program (GGFFP) is situated in the Singkarak river basin in West Sumatra province. Its primary objective is to rehabilitate damaged land by combining Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR) methods with the cultivation of agroforestry species. Through this approach, the program generates carbon revenue and enhances the production of agroforestry goods, thereby stimulating local income and creating employment prospects.
As part of the WIK Regenerative Programs, the project aims to promote biodiversity and provide significant benefits to the community. This project involves a 5-year contract that establishes a long-term partnership focused on growth and development. The initiative was initially established in 2019 and has already garnered the involvement of 308 smallholder families.
Due to deforestation and improper land use practices in the past, the upland areas owned by the village have become degraded, characterized by Imperata grasslands and ferny landscapes as the dominant vegetation.

To address this issue, the program is utilizing private sector carbon offsetting funds from CO2 Operate, in collaboration with their local partner RPL (Rimbo Pangan Lestari) and the local farming communities. Together, they have developed an effective and affordable method to restore tree cover in these degraded areas. This approach combines Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR) techniques with the planting of economically valuable trees. The selection of trees for planting is determined by the local community, based on their needs and preferences. Over a period of five years, a biodiverse and productive food forest is gradually established by working in harmony with nature.

This restoration method is accessible even to the poorest farmers, as it requires minimal tools such as a lodging board to press down the Imperata grasslands and a machete to clear the ferns, reducing competition for existing and newly planted trees. The project also provides training on effective and organic tree management practices. Additionally, village-based processing of the food forest products is introduced, adding value to the harvested produce and contributing to increased local incomes and rural employment opportunities for all.

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