Ricardina Leads the Way for Sustainability

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Ricardina Maria Osorio Vieira grew up in a small town in the shadow of Mount Namuli ­— so it should not come as a surprise that she has chosen to spend her career protecting the mountain ecosystem that was such a big part of her childhood. As a part of our Legado: Namuli field team, Ricardina has been an invaluable ... Read More

The Way to Conservation is Paved by Honeycombs


Legado's flagship program is on Mount Namuli in Mozmabique. With the communities encircling the mountain, we have been deploying the Legacy Model and refining the theory that individual legacy-building can spark collective change and action. Namuli's honey initiative is a great example of legacy in action. From April through August, the Legado Namuli team worked one-on-one with Namuli’s beekeepers to ... Read More

Honey for the Long Run


On Mount Namuli, strong and steady wins the race, and the same goes for honey.  A successful honey harvest is a result of a strong and steady learning collaboration with the beekeepers of Namuli.  It is the result of the dedication of their minds, the work of their hands and of course, their relationship with the bees. The Legado: Namuli ... Read More

Finding a Place Among the Trees


It is Thursday morning and the motorcycles that are packed with three wooden capture boxes have just arrived at the home of Evaristo Joaquim.  Inácio Joseph, Celestino Hilário and Evaristo, three of Namuli’s beekeepers, wait for the Legado: Namuli field team as they bring their supplies around the fire.  The beekeepers are growing more familiar with working with the capture ... Read More

Seeds for Conservation


Seed security is fundamental in achieving food security.  Saving seeds for future agricultural campaigns increases farmer autonomy and reduces their initial investment in purchasing seeds from shops that are in the city.  Seed conservation is a key part of planning for thriving futures, and Namuli’s farmers are all about it. The Legado: Namuli Field Team hosted participatory workshops for farmers ... Read More

From Seed to Harvest: Improving Bean Production on Mount Namuli


Legacies are built now, for the future. On Mount Namuli - our flagship site - farmers are digging into bean production and seed conservation as a way to plan for a thriving future - both for themselves and for their environment. On Mount Namuli, the common bean is an important high value-added cash crop that can provide income when farmers ... Read More

Improving Tomato Production on Mount Namuli


You say potato, I say potato.  You say tomato, I say tomato.  So what do they have to do with each other? Well, on Mount Namuli in Mozambique (site of our flagship initiative) Irish potatoes are the main driver of deforestation.  They are a highly lucrative crop, are grown in the highlands and have incentivized farmers to cut down acres ... Read More

A Bee’s Perspective: Namuli’s First Sustainable Honey Harvest


Written by a Mount Namuli Honeybee Can you smell that? It’s the sweet smell of honey being collected from my hive. While the world has been feeling a bit uncertain, these last few months have been buzziness as usual for us Mount Namuli honeybees. We have been hard at work, feeding the queen and keeping the colony healthy. I'm happy ... Read More

Turning Challenges into Opportunity — Namuli Work Continues


We are honored to share with you that Legado’s work on our flagship site on Mount Namuli has been able to continue, and even grow, inside of the global COVID-19 pandemic. During the COVID-19 State of Emergency in Mozambique, we have carefully continued to work with the Namuli communities. Whether in-person as appropriate, or distanced as needed, our field team ... Read More

Re-energizing Namuli’s Natural Resource Management Committee


Collaboration and conversation is key to paving the way to change.  Environmentally-minded leaders are the keystone of conservation on Mount Namuli, and it is their collaboration and conversations that are paving the way towards conservation.  These leaders align and collaborate in the Natural Resource Management Committees of the communities of the mountain.  The efficacy of these groups is guided by ... Read More