Agroforestry Regeneration Communities

Farmers with small plots of land, who contribute over 60% of the world’s food production, encounter significant challenges such as erratic weather patterns, degraded landscapes, crop losses, and economic disparity.

Launched in April 2021, Agroforestry Regeneration Communities (ARC) is a collective of smallholder farmers, agroforestry experts, philanthropists, and strategists with a vision of planting food forests around the world to provide food security and climate change resilience to smallholder farmers and their local communities.

ARC’s strategy is to focus on supporting a few small countries where impact can be very powerful, and show by example the multifaceted benefits of agroforestry that can be replicated in communities and countries anywhere. These benefits can already be seen in our projects in Malawi, Guatemala, Uganda, and the Caribbean Islands. To date, we have:

  • planted 4,344,207 trees
  • planted 8,954 food forests
  • trained 23,163 people (55% women)

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Meet our teachers:

Roland van Reenen ARC - Agroforestry Regeneration Communities Teacher

Roland van Reenen in East Africa

Our teacher, Roland van Reenen shares his syntropic agroforestry expertise across Kenya and East Africa with small hold farmers eager to learn how to grow nutritious foods for their families and communities.

Willis Orum ARC - Agroforestry Regeneration Communities Teacher

Willis Orum in Kenya

Our teacher, Willis Orum, with Regenerative Holistic Resource Center, is providing hands-on training for community members ready to learn and begin using syntropic agroforestry and permaculture practices.

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Definitions

Regenerative Agriculture

Holistic farming practice that promotes rehabilitation of ecosystems through the regeneration of soils, increased biodiversity, holistic animal grazing, improved water and air quality which collectively has a positive impact on climate change.

Agroforestry

Where food crops and forests are managed together.

Syntropic Agroforestry

An ancient, indigenous agriculture technology that combines reforestation with the abundant production of food. It combines vegetable production in successional harvests with the growing of fruit, biomass, and timber trees and guarantees the highest yields per square meter while restoring ecosystems.

Food Forests

A way of cultivating forests for food production. The forests could be existing or grown to mimic forest-like structures. This enables biodiversity, efficiency, and sustainable food productions.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)