LTI  is collaborating with rural communities to improve the quality of life and economic well-being of people living in the areas often relatively isolated and sparsely populated. We are engaging the communities in broad expression of  skills,  and activities that enable the  community to be self-sustaining which includes food security, income-generating activities, sanitation, malnutrition, access to quality education, power generation and much more. 

Mariwo is a forest community in Ondo State about 20 km north west of Akure the state capital. The community is underdeveloped and its people are experiencing extreme poverty caused by their poor agricultural practices and deforestation. There are also no transportation facilities available and market access is poor. Water shortage in dry season is evident and has impacts on healthcare and livelihoods. Migration of the youths is very common and the poor economical situation has severe consequences on social life. It is a typical situation of neglected or non existing rural development that has led to an ongoing destructive process with high pressure on natural resources and people. 

We want to join Mariwo community in solving their basic problems and build up a sustainable mobilization of natural resources instead of overexploiting them (Ecology needs economy). Creating awareness about the interdependency of  water, carbon and nutrient cycles, also making agriculture a profitable business that surpasses self sufficiency is a key target in this step by step development process.

Ecological agroforestry will be the basis of the natural livelihood, we want to preserve the nature and help people to produce their own healthy food and improve their livelihood. Hence, project MARIWO NATURAL. This project will also create jobs by inspiring youths in the community and neighboring institutions to participate in the production and marketing of natural healthy foods grown in this community. This, we name YOUTHS GROW NATURAL.

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