25 May 2019

Agroforestry Scenarios for Public Investment Planning

Creating an online FarmTreeTool

For a project in Rwanda "Support to Public Investment Planning in Agroforestry", FarmTreeServices is collaborating with a local GIS-expert, Vital Nzabanita. Vital generated an inventory map that shows Agroforestry tree densities all over the country. This information allowed us to project erosion and declining yields in areas with low tree densities. It also allowed us to project stabilising soil fertility as a result of tree planting; and resulting stabilising tree and crop production.

An interactive Table that allows District Staff to compare Baseline and +Investment scenarios was put online, so that staff can always evaluate the likely effect of planting fruit trees, or timber trees, or trees for fodder production. The Table compares baseline and + project production of food crops, fuel wood, timber; but also carbon stored in the system. It also compares Added-Value-Per-Working-Day, and gender-segregated labour burdens. In that way, District Staff can identify the areas where Agroforestry promotion pays best in terms of production, Carbon sequestration, increased Net Present Value, or Internal Rate of Return.

Early May, 2019, staff of Gicumbi, Karongi and Gicumbi district were trained on using such data for their District Annual Planning, as to develop eligible Project Profile Documents for submission to the Ministry of Local Development.

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District Team Work for Agroforestry Investment Planning

The Gicumbi Planning Officer, Agriculture and Forestry Officers work together to develop an Agroforestry promotion plan, based on GIS and Farm economic data. May, 2019.

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!