|View from Banaue|
|Ifugao people in traditional cloth (these very old ladies and gentlemen who cannot work in the fields anymore make some income from posing for tourists)|
Rice is not native to the the Philippines, it has been introduced about 2000 years ago. Before that Ifugao people were living on sweet potatoes, planted in the middle of the jungle. Still today when crossing the jungle to reach rice terraces, one can find these very little patches of agriculture on the steep slopes.
|patches of agriculture in the middle of the jungle on the steep slope|
|the sweet potatoes in front, beans in the back and the banana trees|
|same farm than above (view in the other direction), the sweet potato field in front and fallow in the back|
Often the sweet potatoes is inter-cropped with cassava as well as (for me an unidentified) tree that produced edible bean suggesting that it is a nitrogen binding plant. Also sometimes one can finds fields where sweet potatoes and beans are intercropped.
|The nitrogen binding tree in an inter-cropped fields with sweet potatoes and beans|