Africa Wood Grow

Resilient income and healthy nature

The seed of AWG sprouted when Daniel Muvali (Kenya) and Roeland Leliveld (Netherlands) met in their studies. Sharing concern about environmental issues, with support of their communities they decided to show the viability of agroforestry production. Over a decade later, the project is more ambitious - aiming to support the full Tiva River catchment area.

Roles

  • Project developer
  • Farmers
  • Business
  • Scientists
  • Donors

Kenya

> 150

Farmers engaged

> 10

years established

A digital Landscape Network will make it easier for our project to integrate with the existing community to ensure lasting impact on the region, as well as contribute to knowledge on optimal restoration practices.

Roeland

Challenge

Within communities participating in AWG projects, there is a lot of ambition to raise the scale of efforts, yet it has been difficult to build momentum with limited support and organizational resources.

At the project start, project staff used personal accounts for data storage, as well as spreadsheets, mapping, communications and social media.

While simple data structures and general-purpose software allowed the project to bootstrap its operations, continued growth without a robust information system led to 'technical debt' - limiting information sharing and creating risk of miscommunication. As project scale and complexity continued to rise, it became clear there was need for integrated systems, and technical support.

Plans are being developed with partners to scale-up to a larger area of the Tiva river catchment. This will further raise communications and monitoring challenges, but provide an opportunity to engage / support more community members. It is clear that better solutions are needed to coordinate efforts for this next stage, plan collaborative work more effectively, document activities and communicate stories of impact and transformation.

Solution

After successful adoption of the OLN in other projects, including Wij.land (Netherland) and AlVelAl (Spain) the AWG project team requested the implementation of an AWG Landscape Network to support their efforts alongside the local stakeholder community.

In order to ensure value for users, significant efforts are planned to integrate locally-relevant information and features, as well as to bring communities to the center of the system design and decision-making process. This helps locals stay in control over - and benefit from - the activities being supported, and information that is generated.

Once implemented, the system is expected to help coordinate project activities, improve monitoring and operating scale, raise access to market for green businesses, and support sustainable development in the region. The capacity for real-time, high-bandwidth communication between remote stakeholders and landholders on the ground makes new forms of collaboration and engagement possible. The increased clarity and consistency of information provided by the OLN will reduce miscommunications.

Results

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