Apairy forest products

 Diversifying livelihood options

Through carbon payments and related use of agroforestry and non-timber forest products

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timber as diversifying livelihood option

 Transforming Investment Horizons for rural poor smallholders

The structure of payments allows farmers to consider long-term investment horizons, using part of their land to develop assets which not only provide short-term cash and needed livelihood inputs but also long-term benefits from materials and income that can be enjoyed in the future.

 

 

 

Escarpment honey

 Supporting access to markets:

Through aggregation, smallholders are able to access PES markets and through group marketing, they are able to sell their produce.

 

 

 

 

A village SACCO

 Strengthening Rural Credit and Financing

Each carbon farmer joins the membership of the local village banks through purchase,of shares and thus helping to capitalise the village banks. In addition, the carbon sale agreement is used by the farmers as collateral to acquire loans and their subsequent payments are used to offset the loans.

 

 

 

community meetings (Medium)

Community meeting

 Building Social Capital

The project has supported the establishment of community structures through which farmers are mobilized into legally registered Community – Based Organisations able to enter into partnerships with other funding agencies and network with communities from different regions.

 

 

 

Mt Elgon labeled and branded coffee

Mt Elgon labeled and branded coffee

Mt. Elgon Coffee

TGB has partnered with Source Climate Change Coffee to create an outstanding single origin organic coffee, which is brimming with environmental, social and ecological benefits. The carbon neutral coffee supports some 300 coffee farmers involved in the reforestation around the Mount Elgon region of Uganda. The aim is to incentivize smallholders in and around Mount Elgon to protect the forests by planting trees and reducing a dependency on clearing forests for firewood, which in turn protects a watershed that is critical to the survival of millions of people. The price of coffee includes a contribution to the conservation efforts. Each bag and tin has a unique tracking number to show the farmer’s on-going conservation efforts in the Mount Elgon region;

  • Through aggregation, smallholders are able to access PES markets and through group marketing, they are able to sell their produce. 
  • Each carbon farmer joins the membership of the local village banks through purchase, of shares and thus helping to capitalise the village banks.
  • The carbon sale agreement is used by the farmers as collateral to acquire loans and their subsequent payments are used to offset the loans.