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Our long-term vision is that producers, companies and governments implement measures and policies that support climate-smart, sustainable agrocommodity production models. These climate-smart, sustainable production models should avoid deforestation and include (elements of) climate-smart agricultural practices. Besides, they offer a positive value proposition and fair living income for producers, taking the different needs and interests of men, women and youth into account. Women, men and youth are equally represented in producer associations and in decision-making processes.

On this page you will find links to publications, interview articles, news items and external resources, and more. We will continue our work and share our findings through regular updates on this site. So, come back soon to find out more!

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Scaling Agroforestry in Indonesia

This article emphasizes the need for collaborative efforts to scale and promote agroforestry practices in Indonesia. It presents a policy brief that highlights promising solution pathways to overcome the challenges and seize the benefits, inviting stakeholders to contribute to and unlock the full potential of agroforestry, ultimately benefiting communities and ecosystems across Indonesia.

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Advancing coffee agroforestry in Viet Nam’s national Payments for Environmental Services (PES) policies

In Dak Lak, Viet Nam, within the context of the Working Landscapes programme funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tropenbos Viet Nam and Tropenbos International have collaborated with FarmTree and Tây Nguyên University (TNU) to offer scientific evidence on the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of coffee agroforestry systems versus conventional monocrop systems. This valuable information is a stepping stone for Tropenbos Viet Nam to engage with relevant stakeholders and policymakers, aiming to integrate agroforestry into the national Payments for Environmental Services (PES) policies.

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Promising outcomes in the revitalisation of rubber agroforests in West Kalimantan, Indonesia

Tropenbos Indonesia’s initiatives in the Simpang Dua subdistrict are yielding promising outcomes for indigenous farmers. Through strategic training and collaboration, farmers are enhancing the quality of their rubber produce, resulting in increased remuneration. Additionally, as part of MoMo4C, the careful management of their agroforests is fostering diversified income streams, which is expected to act as a safeguard for farmers during periods of low rubber prices.

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Tropical Forest Issues 62 is available

Why do many farmers still resist adopting and scaling agroforestry? Are the economic benefits not enough, or not perceived to be enough? Or are there other reasons? These are the questions that were asked when work began on Tropical Forest Issues 62.

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Cocoa agroforestry in West Africa: Experiences from the private sector and opportunities for collaborative action

Despite efforts to promote agroforestry in the cocoa sector, its adoption has been slow. A new publication gives insight into the strategies of six cocoa and chocolate companies to encourage agroforestry in West Africa, and offers recommendations to accelerate its uptake.

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Learning about cocoa: exchange between Ghana and DRC

On 15 February 2023, after a 20-hour journey, a team consisting of staff from Tropenbos Democratic Republic of Congo, community leaders and a representative of a cocoa buyer, arrived at the airport in Accra. They were welcomed by Tropenbos Ghana, who invited them for a 10-day visit to learn about cocoa sector in Ghana. The visit provided a great opportunity for learning and exchange within the Tropenbos International network. At the end of the learning visit, the team from DRC shared their observations about the impact of cocoa production on landscapes and important lessons for cocoa in DRC.

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Revitalizing rubber agroforestry in West Kalimantan, Indonesia

Tropenbos Indonesia helped Indigenous farmers in Simpang Dua subdistrict to increase their income from rubber agroforestry. Through capacity building and organization, their prospects have improved significantly. Revitalized rubber agroforestry can provide an alternative to oil palm plantations, benefitting farmers as well as the environment.

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Farmers embrace cocoa agroforestry within community forest concessions in Bafwasende, DR Congo

Tropenbos DR Congo assisted communities to apply for local community forest concessions, which give them the right to use and manage their forests. Within the degraded parts of these concessions, Tropenbos DR Congo has been promoting agroforestry to improve livelihoods without putting pressure on the forest. This effort resulted in a surge of farmers adopting cocoa agroforestry practices throughout the Bafwasende landscape in 2022.

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Supporting agroforestry adoption – Lessons from the Working Landscapes programme

The incorporation of trees on farms, known as agroforestry, has the potential to contribute to resilient livelihoods, climate change mitigation, and biodiversity conservation. But, despite its many benefits, the widespread adoption of agroforestry still faces numerous challenges.

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Village forest and oil palm: friend or foe?

In this short video we present how the villagers of Laman Satong in West Kalimantan prevented their forest from being converted into an oil palm plantation by applying for a village forest permit. But they did not ban oil palm completely.

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The impact of oil palm growing on land use and food security in Kalangala district

Before the advent of oil palm plantations in Kalangala islands on Lake Victoria, subsistence agriculture and fishing were the dominant economic activities. However, oil palm plantation monoculture is now the leading economic activity and has resulted in vegetation and land use changes. The oil palm plantations came with many wide ranging negative impacts from deforestation, land grabbing, shift in the agricultural systems, food insecurity to loss of livelihoods among others. This video highlights lessons from Kalangala to raise awareness of the negative impacts of oil palm plantations, so that investors and communities make better informed decisions in the future.

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