AF Promoters Network

NoPhotoNameCountryLanguageBiographyFocus Area
1Ruth Mary Vargas RoblesBoliviaSpanishRuth is a well-trained professional with a lot of experience working with communities. She is part of the organization FIDES-Fundacion Integral de Desarrollo. Her plot is located in the El Cerro Community in the Municipality of Pailón, Department of Santa Cruz. Deforestation in Pailón is being seen annually and increasing and a large part of the forests are affected by degradation and loss of biodiversity. Ruth and FIDES work in the El Cerro community with 90 families who work collectively in the gardens in a communal way. The objective of the design is to create a pilot model space to be replicated in other communities. Ruth has carried out a participatory process to define the objectives and the species that will be installed and complement beekeeping and other local activities.Food sovereignty, market access, participatory coordination
2Rosa Pachuri Paraba
BoliviaSpanishRosa Pachuri Paraba
From the community: San Josema from the municipality of San Rafael
Province: Velasco
Department: Santa Cruz, Bolivia
He's 45
Her parents are: Romulo Pachuri and Natividad Paraba (+)
She is current President of the RAFAELEÑAS DE VELASCO WOMEN'S ORGANIZATION (OMIRV) which brings together 20 communities in the municipality of San Rafael de Velasco
Knowledge of medicinal plants, food and self-consumption
3Ana María AndradeEcuadorSpanishAna María Andrade, 37 years old, is a journalist. But she found her true path in the field. She has been in organic agriculture for 13 years; when she came to live on the farm that her grandfather inherited them, located in La Concordia, Province of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Ecuador. She studied agronomy for some years, but did not graduate.
Her farm is called Agromache, it has been in the family for more than 40 years. Despite the fact that, in this time, things have not always been handled organically; She is grateful for having been lucky enough to initiate a great change with the aim of strengthening and conserving the ecosystem and small forests of her country.
Agromache has 124 hectares, the main crop is oil palm, which is currently diversified into cocoa and banana, there are also small plots of fruit trees, papayas, pineapples, pitahayas, mangosteen, yucca, composting area, biofermented products, and a small nursery. However, the best thing they have in this farm are the nearly 37 hectares of forests that complete the bio-corridors, taking care of the water and the animals.
4Janneth Marisol AnguloEcuadorSpanishMarisol is 55 years old, Profession Master in Management of educational and social projects.
She considers herself as a rural woman and is a Former University Professor. Marisol is also an
active member of the REFA (Ecuadorian Network of Analog Forestry)
Active member of the Sto Dgo Environmental Front.
Owner of the ecological projects: MARYFLORECUADOR and Quinta
Enrichment of a forest with Analog Forestry in the urban area of Santo Domingo, a nursery for orchids, bromeliads and other plants.
5Enma RevillaEcuadorSpanishKnown as La Profe, Ecuadorian national, Enma comes from a very united family, her best teachers in leadership were her parents and her best strategic allies after Angelito Suco are her three children; She holds teaching profession, she worked for 45 years in different provinces of Ecuador and her transversal axis applied as a teacher was Environment, Being a teacher, it has given excellent results. She did several pedagogical courses and even won the first place in a pedagogical innovation, based on ecological stories, however the award was never given to her, for absurd situations.Currently owns a farm, called the Verde Canande Agrotourism Project where an Analog Forestry System has been installed, recognized by the REFA and the IAFN. The designation of being the Analog Forestry Promoter has turned her life around, Profe works without hours in favor of the recovery of flora and fauna species and along the Ecuadorian coast, she plants small trees as a souvenir and symbol of important events.
6María GutierrezEcuadorSpanishMaría has experience working with peasant organizations, for a period of eight years with the advice of Dr Ranil Senanayake, she participated in the implementation of AF in the Northwest of Pichincha. Later María had the opportunity to be involved in rural development activities with state entities, promoting the implementation of agroforestry systems with cocoa and fruit trees, an alternative for agricultural production compared to the mono crop of corn in the Province of Los Ríos.
Currently interested in strengthening knowledge in AF and implementing a demonstration area, in cocoa, orange, banana and African palm growing environment.
In her design, María creates a food forest and cultivates cocoa in the region with strong prevailence of corn monoculture and agrochemicals.
7Karen Liliana Díaz
El SalvadorSpanishKaren Liliana Diaz, 28 years old, young feminist activist defender of the sexual and reproductive rights of girls, adolescents and young women. Karen is a member of the National Network
and promoter of analog forestry in El Salvador.
Implementation of Analog Forestry in Ameyalli plot located in Santo Tomás focused on food sovereignty and self-consumption.
8Martha Alicia Estrada UlloaEl SalvadorSpanishOriginal Woman of the Nahuat Pipil People of El Salvador, founding member of the Association of Councils of Native Peoples of Cuzcatan (ACOPOC), Council of Cuyultitan, department of La Paz, El Salvador. Alicia is a member of the Network of Community Environmentalists of El Salvador. Professional of Agricultural Sciences with a production approach in agricultural and livestock agro-ecosystems with agro-ecological methodologies to obtain food, water, air and raw materials, resisting mega-projects of death and destruction in defense of natural assets and human rights .Focus area: environmental education as a form of resistance to traditional agriculture and with advocacy to influence national policy decisions.
9Fatima LandaverdeEl SalvadorSpanishFatima Landaverde belongs to the Ecological Association of Permacultoras and Permacultores of Suchitoto in El Salvador. She works in permaculture and also with the Women's Collective for local development in the area of empowerment and economic autonomy for women.Fatima focuses on auto-consume and protection of trees in danger of extinction. She will convert a mango plantation in analog forest on the permaculture farm in Suchitoto.
10Isabel CuxéGuatemalaSpanishIsabel is Maya Kaqchikel, originally from San Juan Sacatepéquez in the department of Guatemala. She works in the Madreselva Collective Association in Guatemala, in her design she focuses on urban analog forestry garden.Focus Area: Isabel is very interested in showing that in the city you can have a space with trees, flowers, medicinal plants or plants for our food.
11Ana Isabel FiónGuatemalaSpanishAna Isabel Fión. Since she was a child, she liked nature very much, so when she grew up she decided to study agronomy in renewable natural resources.

She is considered an enthusiast of agroecology and environmental education through permacultural design and the principles of the biointensive method. She has worked as a teaching assistant in the science area of the Faculty of Agronomy, she has also participated in research on the agrobiodiversity of the milpa system in the Cuchumatanes region as well as in evaluations of the sustainability of family production systems.

She is co-founder of the Network of Independent Educators for Food Sovereignty (REISA) and currently accompanies processes for the defense of water and territory in the southern region of the country in the Guatemalan Community Forestry Association Utz Che '.
Last year Utz Che 'received as a donation a piece of land that had historically been planted with sugar cane. This land is located in the area with the greatest productive potential in the country: the south coast. Within this land there is a forest that is supposed to be an oasis in the middle of the green desert of the cane. The Association has considered the recovery of the ecosystem through the expansion of the forest with the design of Ana Isabel.

The interest in Analog Forestry is to apply the principles so that recovery is faster and can also be a place where food is obtained, both for people and for the other species that inhabit the place. Work with nature and not against it.
12Ricci Sarahi Hernández MartínezHondurasSpanishRicci is from the community of Los Chorritos, Concepción de María, Choluteca, Honduras. She learned about the concept of analog forestry with great interest because Ricci has realized the importance of knowing the forest and that new crops of different species can be implemented within the forest and thus diversify it, leaving monoculture behind as long as there is an objective to follow in the design.Food security, diversification of species
13Unicer Enexdania MartínezHondurasSpanishUnicer from Choluteca, Honduras, is 19 years old and represents the Association of Ecological Committees of the South of Honduras (ACESH). She was a participant in the 2020 training of analog forestry promoters, is very passionate about the environmental issues and considers vital to continue learning new strategies or methodologies to work according to the restoration of ecosystems in an ecological way, being the key for the recovery of degraded lands.Restoration of degraded lands, food security
14Dania RamosHondurasSpanishDania is Honduran, she lives in the 3 de Febrero neighborhood, which belongs to the municipality of Marcovia, department of Choluteca. She is 39 years old, she is a person of limited resources, but with a very great love of Nature. Since she was little she got used to talking with plants. She has a piece of land near the house and a vegetable garden. For her, the FA 202 workshop has been a great help and she has learned a lot to know and value plants and everything that surrounds us, Nature itself. She is also working on mangrove reforestation, planting mangroves. She is currently the president of a rural savings and credit fund, where there are 50 members, a mixed group of women and men. She also belongs to UEDESAMAR as an affiliated group, and is collaborating with Tierra Viva.Food security, learning how to draw contour lines because her terrain needs it to handle sloping soils
15Elba Lilian Rodríguez CorralesHondurasSpanishElba is 33 years old. She was born in the community of El Ojochal, Marcovia, Choluteca department in southern Honduras. Her free time likes to read, study, train, cook, work in baking and take care of Nature. Analog Forestry has taught her to know the plants, she has awakened in Elba to love Nature that now where she is, she is seeing the trees and identifying them. She learned that trees have different leaves, their height and coverage. Identifying the type of soil that she has in her plot is a beautiful way of caring for Nature. She belongs to the Luz y Esperanza Multiple Services Company, she is the secretary of said company, and is affiliated with the Uedesamar organization, and is the secretary of the URPAGolF organization, which means Regional Union of Artisanal Fishermen of the Gulf of Fonseca. She is also the Coordinator of women's trainings for the Tourism Network.Focus area: useful plants for people's health, medicinal plants, use and dosage of natural medicine.
16Jael Bildad Cruz CastilloNicaraguaSpanishJael is a Forest Engineer with a Master's in Agroecology. She currently works as a teacher at the Faculty of Natural Resources and the Environment of the National Agrarian University (UNA). Since she received the first Analog Forestry (AF) workshop in Costa Rica, she became passionate about the subject because it is focused on ecological restoration and it can also be considered as a practice that mitigates the effects of climate change. That is why she took the initiative to put it into practice on a plot of the El Plantel farm, owned by UNA; In this sense, the objective of the FA plot is to increase the amount of flowers available for the beehives that UNA has on said farm, so that only honey species will be established.agroecología, climate change mitigation and adaptation, beekeeping
17Rosalyz EspinozaNicaraguaSpanishRosalyz is a young woman, who began her career working in social work, specifically with women, this experience became a bridge to join the organization "La Cuculmeca" in 2014. She has a lot of experience in the field of work where the family is included but giving spaces and decision-making to women with regard to community organization, leadership and land tenure.Food security, strengthening the capacities of women in analog forestry, climate change
18Mireya González SotoNicaraguaSpanishMireya is a woman leader who has been working on strengthening and empowering women for more than 30 years. She is an entrepreneur with two children and three grandchildren. Mireya is a defender of the rights of girls, boys and adolescents: through a project that works on the issue of Ecological Rights and the construction of Green Communities, she accompanies and motivates them to protect the environment, carrying out small and large actions such as the establishment of gardens, family gardens, planting and adoption of trees at home, at school and in the community.
She works with the Education and Communication Association "La Cuculmeca" in Jinotega.
Focus area: youth empowerment, environmental rights, environmental protection, orchards
19Luz Marina ValleNicaraguaSpanishLuz Marina is a 32-year-old feminist peasant woman, Agricultural Management Engineer, originally from the El Jocote community, Municipality of Condega, Estelí Department - Nicaragua. She lives with her brother and aunt, hers who has been the main inspiration and example of the struggle towards empowerment. Since 2006, she has organized and participates in the processes of Integral Empowerment (ideological, economic, and Organizational) promoted by the Entre Mujeres Foundation (FEM). She is a member of the women's cooperative Tierra Nuestra (COMTINUE), which is part of the Central of Multisectoral Cooperatives of ecological feminist women "Las Diosas RL" where she holds the position of vice president, advancing along with other women in this process of struggle. for autonomy, solidarity economy and agroecology through the strengthening of agro-food chains.A plot of land, where Luz has been developing an agro-ecological model with a feminist perspective through productive diversification in the cultivation of hibiscus rose, beekeeping, coffee and other crops, through the implementation of the biointensive garden methodology. Including analog forestry with more than 60 species as part of the productive diversification, food security and sovereignty and as a tool for ecological restoration and increase of biodiversity.
20María Ofelia Ortega SandovalNicaraguaSpanishMaría Ofelia is 30 years old, a university student, single mother of a girl, lives in the San Diego region, Diriomo municipality - Granada Department. She is an agroecological producer, currently vice coordinator of the network of native and domesticated foreign seed banks in the South zone (Granada, Carazo and Rivas). She is also a member of the board of directors of the bank of native and domesticated seeds of her community (secretary), she is a promoter in her community of the projects that Nochari association develops, spokesperson for Red Gpae defending native and domesticated seeds, she also belongs to a group of young communicators promoting agroecology.Interest in ecological restoration, María Ofelia wants to contribute to the recovery, conservation and replacement of the ecosystem of her plot and her community that for years has been degraded, damaged or destroyed, (intervened) by people.
21Carolina del Carmen Ruiz VarelaNicaraguaSpanishCarolina lives in the community of San Ildefonso Sur in the Larreynaga Municipality, she is an active member of the Autonomous Organization of Women since 2006. Carolina is doing the AF implementation site on her property, which is 640 square meters in size and located in the Ildenfonso community, in the municipality of Malpaisillo. She has already planted several trees and plants, there are parts with sun and parts with shade. It is a small plot, but with a good potential to become a demonstration site for AF.Food security, diversification of species
22Rachel VincentNicaraguaSpanish
Rachel is Canadian residing in Nicaragua since 2014. She studied in Canada in social and environmental responsibility and since 2009, she has worked and has been an activist in agriculture: 1) in a pedagogical farm 2) in an urban ecology collective and 3) in a network of urban agriculture. In 2013, she had the opportunity to be invited to Nicaragua as an advisor on an urban agriculture project. During this trip, she learned of an opportunity to work as a project coordinator in agroecology with a Canadian international cooperation organization. She is the director in Nicaragua of the international cooperation organization Mar y Mundo, a Canadian organization working in Sénégal, Nicaragua and Costa Rica whose mission is to support local associations and vulnerable populations through international volunteering and development projects. In Central America, they work with approximately 30 local associations of which more than half are supporting rural communities to adapt to climate change.Focus area: work with communities in the fight against climate change and deforestation, reforestation to compensate for the carbon emission of her organization's international trips, urban agriculture, rescue of native seeds and native species, urban gardens, integration of green public spaces with bushes and fruit trees.
23Lorena Cuevas VillaltaParaguaySpanishLorena is a member of the San José Producers Association. Her plot is located in the Pirapey Community, Itapúa Department and has 450 m2. Lorena seeks innovations and new strategies to restore ecosystems and fight against monocultures and degraded soils. She was a student of CECTEC (Center for Peasant Education, Training and Technology) and continued studying at the university, Lic. Agroecological and Industrial Administration. She has worked in a project called "Sensitizing about Environmental Defense" in Pirapey. She is currently teaching in a technical college in the IPA program - Agricultural Professional Initiation and BTA - Agricultural Technical Baccalaureate program.Focus Area: comprehensive education, medicinal plants, restoration of a plot previously used for livestock.
24Ana Lucía Soteras OrtízParaguaySpanishAnita is a Forest Engineer and belongs to the organization FIRE Paraguay (Promotion of Initiatives for the Restoration of Ecosystems of Paraguay). Her plot is located in the Focus area: conservation of biodiversity integrating economic aspects, application of AF in the field.