The FarmTree Approach is used by Partners for Innovation to engage private funding for Agroforestry promotion and allow farmers to benefit from trees.
Agroforestry is a traditional farmers’ practice that development programmes promoted in the 1990s-2000s. In the 2010s it appears that public funding alone cannot support the necessary scaling of Agroforestry.
In Africa, we are applying the FarmTree® Approach to support smallholder farmers to grow trees as part of their Agriculture system. Partners for Innovation wants “everybody to grow trees and earn”: smallholder entrepreneurs need the skills and rights to grow, harvest, and sell tree products. The FarmTree® Approach guides Agroforestry business planning for women, men and youth; drawing on rural economy, crop simulation, and multi-stakeholder know-how.