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Farmers with machetes clearing overgrowth around young guama plants near Sarstoon Creek, Guatemala.    Guama is a large, fast growing species that when sown in rows, between basic grains, spices, and cacao creates shade that eliminates weeds, maintains humidity, fixes nitrogen in the soil, and provides wood that can be used as fuel. By improving soil conditions, it serves to increase crop yields significantly and reduce the search for new areas to cultivate. Moreover, guama increases ground cover and is welcoming to diverse species of birds and other wild animals.