Community involvement is the key to our success. We aim to enhance the livelihoods of farmers by income generation projects through our reforestation projects and non timber forest products (NTFPs).
We work with communities to set up Community Based Organisations (CBO’s), which act as a representative body of the participant farmers, elected by them to take decisions as intermediaries on their behalf. CBO’s form a valuable channel to provide information for funding, enable better project management and reporting.
We conduct training and development sessions for the farming communities we work with. Typical programmes in the past have focused on:
Building and raising awareness about Reforestation and Analog Forestry and its benefits to people and the environment
Discussing the advantages and disadvantages of mono-cropping and multi-cropping systems
Providing practical support to farmers to increase and secure their income through multi-cropping
Other areas of focus have included:
Training on organic agriculture
We also carry out school education programmes on the importance of biodiversity conservation and reforestation in the areas surrounding our project sites.
Our work with communities deliver many ancillary benefits in addition to economic advantages. These include:
Improved woodlots that will provide pruning material and a local and sustainable source of firewood and poles, reducing the pressure on other forest resources
Income diversification through Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP’s) like medicines, fruits, shading materials, livestock feed, etc.
Training on bee-keeping techniques including options for developing habitats for hives