AXA, WWF Promote Regenerative Agriculture in Oaxaca
AXA Mexico Foundation and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have joined forces to prevent deforestation and promote regenerative agriculture practices in Oaxaca. The project has successfully sowed 130,000 trees with a 93% survival rate.
Since November 2021, AXA and WWF have provided training to farmers from the Copalita-Zimatan-Huatulco Basin in Oaxaca focused on sustainable production practices that will repair damaged soils and keep them productive for a longer period. Berenice Valencia, Deputy Director of Sustainability, AXA Seguros, and Director, Fundación AXA Mexico, stressed that forest conservation is crucial in the fight against climate change, as it contributes to clean air, carbon capture and soil protection. “Mexico has lost a lot of forests due to fires and logging,” she pointed out during an interview with El Economista.
Valencia explained that regenerative agriculture is a sustainable practice that allows farmers to grow crops without affecting the ecosystem, allowing active coexistence with trees in the area. She said that the project will make it possible to recover unused land, reforest the area, preserve the environment and fight climate change.
According to Valencia, results have been positive, so far. "Important results have already been achieved. A total of 130,000 trees have been successfully sowed with a 93% survival rate. In addition, a projection of 120,000 to 150,000 plants of 13 different species is expected," she added. The project has also focused on training producers in the reproduction of specific microorganisms that act as biological control and help fight pests and diseases, while supporting the production of biofertilizers.
Farmers participating in the project have achieved the production and sale of 14,000kg of coffee through sustainable practices, with a score of 86.08 in coffee quality standards. Furthermore, the project has also allowed the production of vanilla in the region. Additionally, these practices have also helped with the conservation of the Huatulco reef, since chemical fertilizers run-offs into water bodies have decreased. “I am certain that this initiative has demonstrated that regenerative agriculture is a key practice for the conservation of the environment and the fight against climate change," Valencia concluded.