Why we invest
Most poachers in Africa are smallholder farmers struggling to feed their families. Poor training and bad soil leads to low crop yields and cycles of hunger. COMACO trains farmers in high-productivity "conservation farming," buys their produce, and makes value-added food products to sell in African supermarkets. Across the 80,000 square kilometers of Zambia's Luangwa Valley, more than 500,000 people are better off and wildlife numbers are stable or improving. COMACO is a rare example of successful large-scale market-based conservation.