Have a treat and save the rainforests

You mean every time we have a treat we help to save the rainforests?!?!?

Well, then we should have A LOT of treats to grow more trees!

Mum’s quite picky about our treats – we stick to very limited treats. But when The Rainforester contacted us and asked if we would like to try their treats made from non timber forest products in the reforestation projects in Africa, Mum researched a bit more about their mission.

This is what we learnt about The Rainforester:

Over the last 20 years over 2 million trees have been cut down in Boki and the surrounding montane rainforests that spill across the border to Cameroon. This level of devastation gave rise to several reforestation programmes set up by major conservation organisations. However, to date all have failed and have led to the development of our unique approach to the issue. 

We believe that the main cause of the past failures has been the absence of any financial benefit to the indigenes for their participation. As such, our approach centres on addressing this oversight and concentrates on creating value in the non-timber forest products (NTFP) seedlings we give the indigenes to plant as part of our reforestation programme. By offering off-take guarantees for all the products they harvest through the programme we not only create income for them but also ensure we have sustainable access to ingredients for our products. 

The very nature of the reforestation programme relies on the need for them to find as many uses for NTFP’s as possible – leading them to create natural dog treats.

We received these treats in the post to try …

These treats are made with NTFP whole foods that are grown by the indigenous farmers as part of the reforestation program in one of their conservation projects. 

The more products they sell the more NTFP’s they can buy, and the more NTFP’s they buy the more money the locals make, thus providing a lot of incentive for them to protect the rainforests by continuing to plant hardwood seedlings and NTFP’s.

So we get to try the treats …

And it’s paws up! But really you know – we’re not very discerning with food – we eat everything. Mum decides what is good for us with the “end result” – LOL!

May’s comment: And the verdict – thumbs up! They actually smelled very good.

We don’t normally feature foods in our posts except for those that we use and what works for us. We get offered lots of treats and give most of them away. We prefer to stick to what we know. But this one caught our attention and felt there’s a story we wanted to share.

The range comes in four flavours; plain, pork liver, green banana and super food.

Kuli Kuli is a traditional Nigerian peanut snack made entirely from roasted peanuts that have been ground and fried in their oil. Our Kuli Kuli Dog Treats are cold pressed so that we can minimise loss of nutrients and rather than frying them, they are baked to ensure a reduced fat product. Following the pressing and baking processes, each biscuit contains roughly 50% less oil than at the start! As an added benefit, our Kuli Kuli Dog Treats are also packed full of natural fibre, helping to firm loose stools.

There’s also Super Chicken and Beef Jerky

The super food marinade for the chicken and beef jerky is packed full of peanuts, herbs and spices found in the rainforest.

These treats can be bought on The Rainforester website. Approved by Darcy and George – LOL!

Each year an estimated $10 billion is spent in the name of conservation but overall deforestation rates, hunting rates and the endangerment of species still show very few signs of slowing down.

The general view of current conservation programmes and projects worldwide is that they are not as effective as they could, or in fact should, be.

This lack of effectiveness is caused by the fact that very little of that total annual spend reaches the indigenes and insufficient effort is made to involve them in the general conservation process.

Commercial conservation, our more modern approach to conservation, centres around the financial empowerment of indigenes to ensure their buy-in with all of our conservation projects. We are doing this through the development and promotion of non-timber forest products, NTFP’s.

NTFP’s started over a decade ago with cocoa. Probably the world’s most widespread NTFP, but not enough people knew it.

All money raised goes back to paying the indigenous farmers, incetivising them to become their own rainforest guardians, as well as funding the maintenance and expansion of our reforestation programme.

This is not for anyone with nut allergies.

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