What makes your innovation unique?
We are the only organization in the world working with Maya Nut to rescue the lost traditional knowledge about it for food and fodder.
Our work differs from conventional agricultural development in that we motivate communities to plant "food forests", where traditionally communities have had to choose between food or forests, because these are mutually exclusive when depending on annual crops.
Maya Nut is a massive, native, perennial tree which thrives in marginal soils and produces copious amounts of nutritious, delicious seed, even during droughts. It has virtually no pest problems and lives for more than 100 years, providing a reliable source of food with no inputs and minimal labor requirements.
Maya Nut is a multipurpose tree, providing fuel, ecosystem services, food and fodder. Haitian women have been processing raw Maya Nut into a coffee substitute, which is rapidly gaining popularity in rural areas because of its health benefits and delicious taste.