TroFaCo

Tropical Farmer Connect

If you are a responsible business, public entity or family/person, then we can help you:

  • Become carbon neutral through growth of trees that farmers collaborating with TroFaCo have planted in their villages in tropical countries.

  • If you are a business looking for reliable and responsible supply of agricultural products then we may assist in: Sourcing of agricultural products from competent, organised and responsible farmers, while ensuring quality production and products that adhere to various standards including Fair Trade or an organic standard, as you may prefer.

What do we offer?

We can provide

Sale of carbon offsets, produced by tropical farmers, who have planted useful trees in their communities. They share benefits and TroFaCo provides engaging and credible documentation.

Assistance to companies wanting to buy any agricultural or horticultural product that is produced responsibly by producers with whom you can enter long term, mutually beneficial agreements

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In both cases TroFaCo helps with ‘matchmaking’, quality control and documentation of social and climate-change benefits.  If you want reporting for your carbonaccount, green or social accounting, we can provide that. We can also assist if you want to come visit ‘your’ villages and meet the farmers.

About Us

How it all began

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TroFaCo was established in 2014. Its founders Steffen Johnsen and Thomas O’Brien Kirk are Danish, part of a large network in Europe and tropical Africa and Asia. We have both worked for many years in international development and lived and lived for several years overseas. Thomas  in Africa, Steffen  in Asia. 

We have especially enjoyed working with farmers’ organisations that strive to serve the interests of their members, have good internal democracy, and in which elected  leaders enjoy the trust of the members. We know many such organisations.

Based on this experience we established TroFaCo.

Socio-Economic Enterprise

TroFaCo is a Socio-Economic Enterprise

  • TroFaCo’s climate action has a defined positive impact on the global climate change.
  • TroFaCo has positive socio-economic impact in the rural areas where our partners plant trees.
  • A substantial part (25-30%) of TroFaCo’s carbon revenue is allocated to the local people in the area where the trees grow.
  • The communites get the trees for free and enjoy co-benefits, such as fruits, medicinal properties, protection of roads and canals, etc.
  • After setting aside funds to meet obligations under exisiting contracts with partners and clients, TroFaCo’s income will be invested into an expansion of TroFaCo group of producer countries, thus ensuring that the above-mentioned positive impacts will be transferred to other rural areas, vulnerable to climate change.

Partners & clients

Development organisations, individuals and business schools

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DanChurchAid (DCA) is our first customer. TroFaCo has a long-term agreement with DCA to provide offsets from the travels of this large, Danish developmental NGO. DCA selected TroFaCo for its credible approach and reporting as well as its positive impact in the tropical communities.

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GrowForIt is a network of concerned Danish citizens, started by senior engineers in the wind turbine industry. Private sponsors to GrowForIt offset their household carbon footprints through TroFaCo.

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Nordic Climate Facility funded the upstart of TroFaCO through the Cambodia Farmland Carbon project, CAFACA.

NCF is managed by Nordic Development Fund (NDF).

 

TroFaCo and ActionAid Vietnam (AAV) have entered s a strategic agreement to apply the TroFaCo approach in Vietnam. AAV manages local tree planting through their exisiting network,  TroFaCo provides technical advice and documentation/verification and both partners do marketing and sales.

 

Your partner in takling poverty

Community Integrated Development Initiative (CIDI) is a national NGO in Uganda. It works with disadvanated communities and has more then 10 years of experience and constant growth. With TroFaCo CIDI works with communities in Rakai (in the South of Uganda – where AIDS first started), and in Soroti, a dry area in the North, previously ravaged by the ‘Lords Resistance Army’. Since April 2017 CIDI manages the tree planting sponsored by GrowForIt’s supporters.

 

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TroFaCo is supported by Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Information Community), the EU’s largest public private partnership across sectors and geographies addressing climate change through innovation to build a zero carbon economy.  Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

 

 

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180 degrees is a educational program of a large number of business schools. TroFaCo works with Copenhagen Business School in Denmark and Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania, USA on development of our marketing and strategic directions for our development.

 

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As the only company from Denmark, TroFaCo participated in the SolutionsCOP21 pavillon during the COP 21 climate meeting in Paris, and presented our Offsets solution.

 

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The ‘Green Church’ initiative of the National Council of Churches in Denmark buys its offsets from TroFaCo, in a long-term agreement.

 

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The TroFaCo approach attracts much attention and we regularly receive requests for adding new partners. These are very welcome. Please send us an email or give us a call, if you are interested. But please consider that TroFaCo is a socio-economic enterprise and needs sales to operate. We are not a funding or marketing support operation. Also, the TroFaCo appoach is based on collaboration with well-organised, existing groups of farmers, who have the capacity to enter agreements and manage the planted trees.

Carbon Offsets

How? Carbon Sales

TroFaCo is the international partner of Cambodian Farmland Carbon (CAFACA) and sell CAFACAs carbon offsets on international markets. CAFACA produces sequestered carbon in hundreds of thousands of trees planted on public land. Groups of organized farmers or schools or temples take care of them, in agreement with local authorities.

We are now expanding the concept to Vietnam and Uganda, in collboration with local NGO’s

Here you may buy carbon offsets

If you are business or public entity wanting to offset your carbon footprint, please contact us directly.

 

If you are an individual or a family you may like one of our predefined offset products. You may also calculate your own footprint (click the relevant country): (Denmark), (USA), (UK), (D)

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TroFaCo help local village associations or cooperatives in tropical coutries plant useful trees of local species. The villagers enjoy many benefits, such as fruits or medicine from the trees. They may plant mango and sell the fruits, or Moringa or Neem trees for medicine. Neem is often called ‘the village drugstore’.

TroFaCo then sell climate offsets based on the CO2 absorbed by the trees.

The benefits from fruits, medicine and from the protection the trees provide against erosion are very large, and more important to the villagers than the income from carbon. The trees simply are good development. Therefore the people take good care of them.

Usually the local associations put their share of the offsets-related income into their savings groups, later to be used for common purposes. In schools they may use them for small revovations or similar.

When we have established good collaboration with one village, we ajy ask them of they want to produce herbs, fruits or other agricultural products for a reliable company in Europe or USA. If they agree, we try and find such a customer and help build mutually beneficial relations. This also helps local development.

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Here we show how we do in Cambodia, in our local company CAFACA. (Click on the link)

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Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ’s

Many benefits to the community

The communities that cooperate with TroFaCo and its partners enjoy good benefits. In Cambodia we calculated those in our final report to the donor (Nordic Climate Facility), who funded the beginning. It turned out the communities over the coming 20 years will enjoy benefits that are five times larger than the initial investments – on top…

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How we measure carbon in the trees

We visit each planting one time per year. Our Monitoring and Reporting specialist leads a team from our partner or local office, together with interested farmers. First we count the number of surviving trees. Then we take out a tape measure and measure around the trunks of one of one in every 10 or 20…

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We plant trees together with the villagers

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…

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TroFaCo plant trees the farmers want

TroFaCo and its partners leave it to the villagers to select which kinds of trees they want. Usually they choose a variety of species, even within the same planting. Some trees, such as Mango or Tamarind, they can use for fruits. Either they can consume the fruit or sell it at the market. Those trees…

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How TroFaCo spend your money

A share of the payment, i.e. 3 USD per tonne (or approximately 1 USD per tree) is allocated to the villagers. They have a designated account with CAFACA in Cambodia and CIDI in Uganda from which they get paid every year. We pay according to how much their trees have grown. And this we measure by visiting…

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What if some trees die?

What happens if some of the trees, I paid for, die? I assume it is quite common young trees die.

How TroFaCo use smartphones in documentation

First the simple version: We work with local people as reporters from the communities and the trees. In Cambodia these are employed directly by us, In Uganda they are staff of our partner, CIDI. They are often somebody with long NGO experience and always somebody well respected in the home area. We then supply them with…

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TroFaCo replace dead trees

If some of ‘your’ trees die in a young age, the group that planted them will replace – according to the contract they have with our local partner. If any trees die after 2 years (may happen in a severe drought), then we replace with trees in another location. And we let you know exactly…

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How TroFaCo avoid land grabs

Yes, land grabs are a threat. We deal with this by working with partners that are sufficiently strong to resist land grabs and by planting on land that is either not interesting for land grabbers or protected by a strong organisation. I all cases we request the local authorities to support that the land is…

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Who we are

Steffen Johnsen,

CEO

 

Steffen has 25 years experience working with farmers, climate change and sustainable agriculture in many tropical countries. He has lived 3 years in Vietnam and 2 years in Cambodia. He holds a PhD from UC Berkeley, College of Natural Resources.

Contact

Phone numbers:
(+45) 2779 0251

Email:
ceo@trofaco.com

Thomas O’Brien Kirk

CFO

Thomas has more than 25 years experience in international development and is also an accomplished business advisor. He has lived in Africa for long periods, but is now in Denmark.

Contact

Phone number:
(+45) 2962 3547

Email:
tok@kirk-consulting.dk

Huong Le, PhD

Monitoring and Documentation, Agronomy

Huong grew up in a farming village and has very solid experience with farmers and their communities in Asia and Africa, as well as in farming of many crops and in documenting of carbon in trees. She holds a PhD in plant pathology from University of Bonn, Germany

Contact

Phone number:
(+45) 2487 6453

Email:
Huong@cafaca.com

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