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!

11 May 2017

Landscape Planner for Agroforestry promotion scenarios

Project Planners or commodity traders often need long-term production and cash flow projections. Such analyses are essential to feasibility studies for scaling of Agroforestry activities. FarmTreeServices developed a Landscape Planning Module that aggregates investments and performance of Agroforested plots into a single investment plan with production, cash-flow and environmental scenarios.

Typical Landscape Planner users are project designers, but also companies who work with out-grower farmers. The Landscape Planner allows planners to capture the performance of each landscape element (orchards, commodity crop fields, agroforestry gardens, natural regeneration, etc.). It further organises them in an investment plan with costs of service delivery and inputs. 

FarmTree®Services provides tailor-made software and training for its use. Please contact us for specifications of the toolbox.

05 Mar 2017

Seminar “Capturing Cash Flows in Agroforestry” at ICRAF, Nairobi

Frank van Schoubroeck with Judith Sinja presented a seminar at the World Agroforestry Centre on March 1, 2017. The lecture covered methods for both plot-level and landscape-level cash flow planning. Click the picture for a link to a recording. You can download the presentation.

The discussion centered on the ability of the Tool to take in existing tree stands, on ways to collect base data, on introducing risks, and on the underlying assumption that farmers plant trees for harvesting, which may be against forest laws.

Farmers wanted to know when they would be able to use the Tool in Kenya. This depends on funding for tailoring the Data Pool and FarmTree-Model to the Kenyan context.

The FarmTreeTool is a powerful and flexible instrument that allows us to get to grips with Agroforestry finances and non-economic benefits”,  Dennis Garrity of the Evergreen Agriculture Partnership said, “we should have had this method ten years ago!”

 

26 Feb 2017

Projecting carbon in Agroforestry systems

Carbon added to Plot Results module

 

Late 2016, we enriched the Plots Results module with carbon flow projections of Agroforestry plots. You can check underground and above-ground carbon volumes over a 50-year period of time. Even if the underlying model is not sufficiently detailed for obtaining carbon credits, the Tool provides an indication that will suffice for most adaptation projects. It shows that the carbon stock in Agroforestry systems is dynamic: trees regularly disappear and get replanted!

FarmTree®Services provides both capacity development services and tailor-made software. Please write to frankvanschoubroeck@govga.org for specifications of the toolbox.

Different Agroforestry trees sequester more or less carbon over shorter and longer cycles

 

 

 

 

29 Feb 2016

Multi-Stakeholder Processes & Governance of Entrepreneurial Agroforestry

Promoting entrepreneurial Agroforestry is a multi-actor effort. Such as in the proposed private financing. Farmers need to make clear to financers that their venture is economically feasible; but also need to develop loan formats that appreciate the multi-annual return on investment that agroforestry can deliver. Government policy might include guarantee systems, while traders might take a role to collect repayments. FarmTreeServices has the expertise to design and support so-called Multi-Actor Processes.

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