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Yursi, age 20, tends to the cocoa seedlings at the Forsaka nursery in Jalin Village, Jentho, Aceh.

The Forsaka Nursery is a new pilot initiative set up by Fauna and Flora International (FFI) which will benefit over 300 families, in 6 villages in the area. The nursery is growing seedlings for cocoa plants, Mahoni trees (used for timber) and other trees in order to provide free seedlings to local farmers to enable them to diversify their crops. The area is one of the worst hit by illegal logging and farmers currently survive by growing groundnut or rice, a subsistence existence.

The project employs 40 men from the local community who work at the nursery and some of the 300 farmers are already in discussions on how to set up a co-operative to sell their produce once they have planted their new crops.

The project also educates the farmers on best practices, use of organic manure and fertilisers and provides them with knowledge on how to preserve the environment.

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