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15 June 2022 General

Towards bankable business cases for sustainable agroforestry and forestry

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the agroforestry and forestry sectors require access to finance to make investments in sustainable practices. With this aim, TBI increases their capacity to develop bankable business proposals. At the same time, TBI collaborates with financial service providers to make new and existing financial products more easily available for SMEs.

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14 June 2022 DR Congo

Smallholders in transition in DR Congo - In conversation with Alphonse Maindo

The Bafwasende landscape in the Tshopo Province of DR Congo has a forest cover of 98% and very high poverty rates. A few years ago, young people were eager to leave the area, going to cities to look for work. Recently, however, this outmigration has slowed down, because young people see new opportunities to earn money as smallholders, according to Alphonse Maindo, director of Tropenbos DR Congo. Here he talks with Koen Kusters about the future of smallholder farming and community forestry in the Bafwasende landscape.

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09 June 2022 the Netherlands

Call for consultant - Review of fire risk management in the tropics and its relation to Fire Smart Territory approach

Tropenbos International is looking for a consultant for an in-depth review of fire risk management in the tropics and its relation to Fire-Smart Territory (FST) approach.

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08 June 2022 the Netherlands

“Agricultural firebreaks are proving to be a valuable tool in helping to reduce the risk of wildfires”

The high endemic biodiversity in Madagascar is being threatened by the increasing use of fire that is seeing whole landscapes being gradually transformed from closed forest to savannas. Here, Harifidy Rakoto Ratsimba of the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar, and Head of the Regional Eastern Africa Fire Management Research Center (REAFMRC) tells us what is being done, and the next steps needed to reduce the risk of wildfires and the threat to Malagasy forests.

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07 June 2022 Bolivia

Indigenous women and youth in Bolivia propose forest-based businesses

During 2021 the Instituto Boliviano de Investigación Forestal (IBIF) has been helping Indigenous women and youth to develop their own forest-based businesses. This has resulted not only in detailed business proposals, but has also provided people with inspiration, confidence and courage to pursue their dreams within their territories.

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02 June 2022 Ghana

Savings groups help Ghanaian cocoa farmers to invest in climate-smart practices

Tropenbos Ghana helped to develop 12 Village Savings and Loan Associations in the Juabeso-Bia and Sefwi-Wiawso landscapes. This has provided cocoa smallholders with access to finance to invest in climate-smart practices, such as diversifying their crops and improving irrigation.

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