The general approach: TroFaCo strongly believes in collaboration with the communities. So we or rather, our local partner ask the community they can select people among them who know about trees. Usually there is one or more in a village (or in neighbour village) who knows.
That person is then given a contract by TroFaCo’s partner, to collect seeds, produce seedlings and supervise the planting of the seedlings.
The local farmer association then organises the planting. The partner ensures women gets most of the (paid) job for this, and also for the weeding around the trees that take place for two years.
TroFaCo’s partner pays for the seedlings, the planting and the weeding. So villages get useful trees for free. TroFaCo and the partner only gets the right to sell the offsets, and share the income from this with the village.
The reasons why we do like this: Local trees are well adapted to the local conditions, so we chose them. Local trees are also well known to the villagers. They know where to find the best ones for collecting seeds, and they know how to use the trees and their products.
We ask for local nurseries to produce the seedlings, because that creates employment and it ensures responsibility.
TroFaCo’s partner pays for the seedlings, in order to prove our sincerity. We only pay for living seedlings, so we can motivate good quality work. TroFaCo also ensures the contract with the community about the tree planting stipulate that the community has to replant trees that may die within the first two years. This motivates good work.
If the community needs technical help, TroFaCo can provide. We organise training visits by skilled tree-persons from a neighbour location, so the villagers can learn from peers -and at the same time expand their network.