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Tropentag, September 18 - 20, 2019 in Kassel

"Filling gaps and removing traps for sustainable resources development"

Forest Landscape Restoration in Indonesia: A Scaleable Smallholder Agroforestry Approach

Wolfgang Baum, Simeon Max

Fairventures, Germany


Large scale land use change from exploitation to regeneration must involve local people to ensure sustainability of operations. Environmental education and financial empowerment of the communities are crucial components. Fairventures has been operating in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia for the last 5 years socialising communities and individual smallholders for reforestation. We research cash crops with a clear market demand and test these with selected smallholder project participants. In this stage, we have a better understanding of promising tree species and a limited number of cash crops. We ensure smallholder ownership through their involvement from planting through management, harvest and sale. There are still plenty of unanswered questions that need to be adressed to strengthen the social, economic and environmental bases of our work.

Keywords: Agroforestry, business models, FLR, scale-up, smallholders

Contact Address: Wolfgang Baum, Fairventures, Hasenbergstraße 31, 70178 Stuttgart, Germany, e-mail: Wolfgang.Baum@fairventures.org

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