FarmTreeServices
04 Nov 2018

FarmTree joins Agrisim Platform

Creating an online FarmTreeTool

So far, the FarmTree®-Team worked with PC-based programmes to calculate the performance of Agroforestry systems. Such programmes are great for our own experts. Yet, if external experts should work with our models, they have to have the same recent software. Often, experts, or farmers, in Australia, Senegal or Kenya, cannot work with the FarmTree®Tool.

The Wageningen-based company Agrisim (www.agrisim.com) is developing a platform for online farm-planning. The company avails of a world-wide grid of soil and historical weather data (see picture). Agrisim and FarmTreeServices agreed in July-2018 to integrate the FarmTree®Tool into the Agrisim platform. Since then, the Agrisim and FarmTreeServices™ teams are in the process of translating the FarmTree-algorithm into server-based language, so that in the near future the Agroforestry Planning Tool will be available to everybody with access to internet.

We expect that a first version of the online FarmTreeTool will become available early 2019.

For more information, please contact frankvanschoubroeck@govga.org

 

Agrisim is developing an algorithm to rank the suitability of parcels for over a thousand crops and trees. This helps farmers to consider crops beyond the usual maize, beans, etc.
16 May 2018

What’s in it for me?

FarmTreeServices calculates the impact of Natural Regeneration

The World Vision Australia Farmer-Managed-Natural-Regeneration Hub (FMNR-Hub) promotes natural trees on farms in 27 countries.

The FMNR-Hub helped millions of farmers to practice this technique. Yet it is difficult to quantify its impact, because many benefits are indirect (soil conservation) or directly used (fire wood, fodder) that reduce women’s work burden rather than bring money.

FarmTreeServices™ developed and FMNR-Planner that captures a sylvo-pastoral system in Baringo, Kenya. FMNR stabilises the growth of grass in-between trees. Farmers tell: “Last year, our neighbours’ cows died, while ours survived”. With the right pruning regime, FMNR-plots can sustain two to three times more cows on the farm (see graph). FMNR thus leads to more resilient farming. Read More Full report available upon request

Tony Rinaudo of the FMNR-Hub on the FarmTree®Tool:

FTS’s description of the benefits of FMNR based on measuring a limited number of primary items made me feel like I was learning about FMNR all over again. This needs to get out to a much wider audience!