Wigold Bertoldo Schäffer
Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil
Fellow Since 1995
This profile was prepared when Wigold Bertoldo Schäffer was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1995.
Wigold Schäffer is developing, demonstrating and testing a new model for the operation of small farms that reconciles the preservation of secondary forests and attendant biodiversity with farmers' desires for higher incomes and improved quality of life. Combining native species reforestation, the enrichment of remaining forests and organic farming techniques, his model offers a particularly promising approach for sustaining, or even enhancing, farm earnings while meeting environmental preservation and sustainable development goals.
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