ForestFinest Consulting and Era develop agroforestry projects that are adapted to the location and assist in developing diversified investment opportunities.

Agroforestry combines agricultural and forestry technologies to create more diverse, productive, profitable and sustainable land use systems. In agroforestry systems trees are managed together with crops and/or animal production systems. With such multipurpose approaches, agroforestry can beadvantageous over conventional agricultural and forest production methods as it may offer increased productivity and economic benefits as well as a higher quality and more diversity in the ecological services provided (soil quality, biodiversity, water protection, climate resilience, etc.).

Our team has proven how successful integrated agroforestry approaches may be implemented on the field level. We assist projects in the design, implementation and optimization phase with comprehensive consultancy service. We help to identify and develop potential of running projects and to obtain higher and diversified yields as well as a better quality of agroforestry products. We also support investors in scouting, developing and supervising projects. One of our key areas of expertise within this area is on cocoa production and the integration of non-timber forest products into existing projects.

DESIGN & FEASIBILITY

  • Feasibility studies for agroforestry, climate smart agriculture (CSA) and landscape restoration projects
  • Design of site-adapted agroforestry concepts
  • Certification strategies and selection of appropriate standards and labels
  • Market research and studies
  • Business plans
  • Financial potential and yield analyses
  • Evaluation of specific locations, land search
  • Due diligence
  • Project scouting for investors

 

IMPLEMENTATION & OPERATION

  • Capacity building
  • Set-up of MRV schemes (field measurement, aerial photography surveys)
  • Volume and yield prognoses
  • Development of management plans (e.g. nursery management, monitoring, planting, maintenance and harvesting)
  • Marketing strategies
  • Supervision and quality assessments for investors
  • Mapping and geodata management

 

OPTIMIZATION & CERTIFICATION

  • Development of integrated agroforestry concepts (e.g. diversification, enrichment of existing projects)
  • Inclusion of alternative benefits into management plans (non-timber forest products, eco-tourism etc.)
  • Development of strategies to foster biodiversity, carbon storage etc.
  • Social and biodiversity assessments
  • Certification (UTZ, FairTrade, FSC, organic, etc.)
  • Product carbon footprints for agricultural and farm products
  • Traceability and tracking tools for marketing and controlling purposes