In the Peruvian Amazon, aspirations become reality with the first Agroforestry Concessions for smallholders

Authorities from the Regional Government of San Martín and the National Forest and Wildlife Service (SERFOR), in an official and highly symbolic ceremony, granted the first Agroforestry Concessions to 14 farmers. This innovative legal mechanism aims at formalizing the land tenure of farmers occupying state forest land, providing they commit to avoid further expansion into the forest and adopt agroforestry and sustainable production practices.

The meeting was attended by the Director of SERFOR, the Vice-Minister of Environment and by representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Directorate of Foreign Commerce and Tourism, the Natural Protected Areas Service, international technical cooperation organizations, national and local NGOs, and producers’ associations.