The FarmTree story so far

The FarmTreeTool is still in development. So far DIBcoop has used it primarily to help smallholder farmers and Agroforestry projects make cost-benefit analyses of their efforts. Clients provided the data, we did the analysis.

Farm Pond cost-benefit analysis

World Vision, SNV & partners’ DryDev programme promoted farm ponds for rainwater harvesting and off-season horticulture. DIBcoop developed a model to calculate additional vegetable production and value, with which farmers can prepare a business plan for external financing.

Comparison of Agroforestry options for investment purposes

These are often business-as-usual scenarios versus agroforestry intervention scenarios. Clients include the EU Delegation for the Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority; the Social Forestry Extension Division in Bhutan; Tropenbos International and Indonesia in South Kalimantan, for fostering the development of mosaic landscapes rather than oil palm monocropping.

Estimating the impact of Agroforestry options across a project or a country

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Ethiopia carries out Tree genetic improvement programmes, as well as Agroforestry promotion programmes. DIBcoop helped calculate likely impact over five decades and make a cost-benefit analysis, for project justification and fund raising.

Estimating the value of smallholder farms

The ICRAF & partners’ Regreening Africa programme surveyed 10,000 farms in eight African countries. Using the FarmTreeTool, DIBcoop estimated the baseline Net Present Value, to-be-compared with their post-project value. The issue here is that, at the end of the project the trees have not yet reached maturity, so their impact cannot be directly measured, but the FarmTreeTool can make a projection of this.

Integrating naturally regenerated Acacia on grassland in Kenya helps farmers to bridge dry season fodder supply gaps, helping survival of animals. World Vision/ICRAF DryDev project.