Tag Archives: Agroforestry

Agroforestry-based Entrepreneurship in Senegal

Partners for Innovation, in collaboration with Oxfam in Senegal,  organised a mini-conference on Agroforestry-based Entrepreneurship in Dakar.  This conference was made possible with help from the Dutch Embassy in Dakar.

During this mini-conference, participants (local mayors, rural development funds and Ministries) discussed the recently developed FarmTree® Approach. Partners for Innovation presented the method’s architecture, in which Agroforestry technical options are stored in Regional Databases. A “Plot Planning” dashboard then allows producers to select the options of their choice and directly calculates a 15-year cash flow plan for the plot to be treated. Field-level partners Experna and SY-AFD presented two thus prepared Agroforestry Business Plans.

Participants al  not only expressed interest in the business planning qualities of the FarmTree® Tool, but also in the opportunity to complement ecological monitoring with economic value for local entrepreneurs.

Partners for Innovation and Oxfam see opportunities to use this method for developing agriculture systems resilient to climate change.

 

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To find out more on our method and  the FarmTree® approach please contact  Frank van Schoubroeck.

 

Week of Rural Entrepreneurship, Niger

Rural entrepreneurship has the potential to drive innovations that can reduce poverty, increase access to food and create employment. The Agri-ProFocus Network with help of Partners for Innovation SARL Niger is organising a week-long event to promote rural entrepreneurship in Niger.
This event will bring together actors from West-Africa who will discuss the recent proceedings of Entrepreneurial Agroforestry through various projects. There will be special sessions about Financing Rural Entrepreneurship as well as about Entrepreneurial Agroforestry in Niger.

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Would you like to know more? Contact Rakiatou Gazibo or Frank van Schoubroeck

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New colleague : Adamou Salissou

We have strenghtened our team in West-Africa with a new advisor: Adamou Salissou, specialist Agroforestry.

Adamou Salissou previously worked as head division of Reforestation, Land and Landscape Management for the Ministry of Environment in Niger.  Before he worked at different International Organisations with a focus on Climate Change, Agroforestry and Economic Development.

Adamou has an engineering degree in Forestry Technology and specialised with masters in both Project Management and Climate Change and Sustainable Develoment (University of Niamey).

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Partners for Innovation Niger

 

Partners for Innovation Niger SARL is a subsidiary of Partners for Innovation BV in the Netherlands, managed by Rakiatou Gazibo and located in Niamey, the capital of Niger.

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Partners for Innovation Niger SARL

Avenue de Zarmakoye
BP 802 Niamey, Niger
T: +227 2035 1058
E: r.gazibo@partnersforinnovation.com

 

 

 

 

Agroforestry Enterprise Opportunities Senegal

Agroforestry systems in Senegal are a potential supplier of biomass and it’s substances for the biobased economy. Partners for Innovation has completed an exploratory study to identify agroforestry enterprise opportunities in Senegal to produce biomass substances for Dutch biobased industries. The study has been carried out for the Netherlands embassy in Dakar.

The biobased economy is growing strongly. More and more crops and residues from agriculture, forestry and the food industry are being used as green resources for the production of materials, chemicals, energy and fuel. This provides interesting economic opportunities for both the Netherlands – as a user of biomass – and for emerging and developing countries – as producers of biomass.

High potential substances are among others vegetable oils, pectin and Arabic gum. Most crops can provide more than one interesting substance which can increase the income for local farmers. As an agroforestry approach also increases biomass production (per hectare) and many crops can provide both food and biomass substances, this also has a positive impact on food security.

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Senegal launches entrepreneurial agroforestry programme

On March 4th 2015, Oxfam and its partners, local authorities, regional and communal extended services, microfinance organisations and local NGOs launched its three years programme on entrepreneurial agroforestry. The launching workshop was chaired by the Governor of Tambacounda and facilitated a discussion on how to federate stakeholders’ action for an optimal impact towards rural development. The key achievement of the meeting was a general consensus on the projects’ relevance.

Oxfam in Senegal promotes sustainable development of small family farms with respect and protection of access rights to land, water, seeds, credit, etc. To support small producers in the creation of small and medium enterprises, the livelihoods programme chose agroforestry to safeguard various production components.

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Partners for Innovation Opens 1st African Office in Niger

Partners for Innovation has opened its first overseas office in Niger (PfI Niger) to further expand its activities in West Africa. In Niger, Partners for Innovation will work on projects to build capacities in the fields of rural entrepreneurship, agroforestry, sustainable biomass, bio-energy and other renewable energy technologies. Rakiatou Gazibo is heading the Niger office.

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In Niger, Partners for Innovation has studied options to scale up agroforestry with Oxfam and developed an economic model for agroforestry gardens to foster rural entrepreneurship. It has also actively supported the development of the Agri-ProFocus that supports a vibrant network of rural entrepreneurs and food security in Niger. To further grow the African business and continue to work closely together with local governments and international organisations, Partners for Innovation aims to develop several local hubs. Niger is number one. The Niger hub will have a regional function and will offer its services throughout the Ecowas area.

Managing Director Rakiatou Gazibo
According to Rakiatou Gazibo, the new managing director of PfI Niger, Partners for Innovation takes a unique approach. “We don’t just plant trees, but also want to improve agricultural production and best practices. We work closely together with the local community to increase their business opportunities and we strengthen organization capacities. This combination of a private enterprise working on public issues does not yet exist in Niger.”

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Partners for Innovation has been active in the development of renewable energy and agroforestry in emerging and developing markets since 2004, mainly in Africa and to a lesser extent in South-East Asia. It has undertaken studies and missions in Bhutan, China, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Mozambique, Senegal, South-Africa, Sri-Lanka, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Partners for Innovation employs eight sustainable innovation experts and works closely together with local experts in both Africa and Asia.

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Agroforestry Enterprise Development in Senegal

Partners for Innovation and Oxfam Senegal work closely together to identify the potential for agroforestry-based enterprise development. The initiative is supported with a subsidy from the Dutch Embassy in Dakar.

Environmental programme
The Netherlands embassy has been promoting agroforestry in Senegal through its environmental programme since the 1990s. The environment support programme finished in 2014 and left behind a thorough system to support agroforestry promotion in the central groundnut belt of the country. Partners for Innovation and Oxfam joined forces to take the agroforestry programme one step further, and enable smallholder farmers to plant trees and earn from them. The idea is that large groups of young farmers can develop smallholder enterprises by growing trees on farmland, along with cash crops and animal production.

Online tool
To support smallholder enterprise development, Partners for Innovation uses an online tool to calculate investments and benefits to set up and grow agroforestry gardens. Oxfam will support local NGOs to help farmers to form groups that can bring products in larger quantities to the market. At the same time rural credit institutions have the capital and know-how to finance such businesses.

With the embassy support, Partners for Innovation and Oxfam can develop the tools and bring together credit, government and scientific institutions to pave way for such an innovative approach to scaling-up agroforestry and ensure trees enhance the productivity of rural landscapes.

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Promoting Agroforestry Enterprise Development in Senegal

Partners for Innovation and Oxfam Senegal jointly received a subsidy from the Dutch Embassy in Dakar to identify the potential for agroforestry-based enterprise development.

The Netherlands embassy has been promoting agroforestry in Senegal through its environmental programme since the 1990s. The environment support programme finished in 2014 and left behind a thorough system to support agroforestry promotion in the central groundnut belt of the country. Partners for Innovation and Oxfam joined forces to take the agroforestry programme one step further, and enable smallholder farmers to plant trees and earn from them. The idea is that large groups of young farmers can develop smallholder enterprises by growing trees on farmland, along with cash crops and animal production.

To support smallholder enterprise development, Partners for Innovation is developing an online tool to calculate investments and benefits to set up and grow agroforestry gardens. Oxfam will support local NGOs to help farmers to form groups that can bring products in larger quantities to the market. At the same time rural credit institutions have the capital and know-how to finance such businesses.

With the embassy support, Partners for Innovation and Oxfam can develop the tools and bring together credit, government and scientific institutions to pave way for such an innovative approach to scaling-up agroforestry and ensure trees enhance the productivity of rural landscapes.

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Pilot Increasing Productivity Agroforestry Gardens in Mali

Together with Oxfam Mali and the NGO Stop Sahel, Partners for Innovation developed a project to pilot smallholder agroforestry enterprises in Mali.

Stop Sahel has been working with farmers for 25 years to develop ecological agroforestry gardens. Some simple investments – like in a well, micro-dosages or fencing – can make such Agroforestry gardens in Mali more productive.

Partners for Innovation has supported the development of business plans for three groups of smallholders and a pilot for longer term micro-credits (2 to 3 years) to improve garden productivity.

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