The Food Forest


Gula Gula is a flourishing forest in West Sumatra—a beating heart in the middle of deforested and degraded lands. Our growing food forest is a clear example of how to harmonise people and the environment. We make use of cheap and simple methods to restore degraded land to productive food forests within healthy ecosystems. This method, easily accessible to even the poorest farmers, was developed on the basis of the scientific research of CO2Operate founder Paul Burgers and in close collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

The result


Using the unique approach of the Gula Gula Food Forest programme, the local population in West Sumatra is now able to successfully rehabilitate degraded lands and associated ecosystems. The result is a productive and flourishing food forest that significantly improves the livelihoods of the local people. 

Our impact


Roughly 1600 people (over 500 families) from the surrounding villages already benefit from the food forest programme. Of this, 140 families directly participate in the rehabilitation work; each manages around one hectare of land from which they get a decent livelihood. No wonder there is a long waiting list of over 100 families who are eager to join the Gula Gula Food Forest programme.

Our approach


Because of our unique approach at Gula Gula, we have been able to restore significant levels of the area’s ecosystem functions. Click below to find out more about our approach.

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