Small-scale and commercial agriculture is the biggest contributor to East African economies and livelihoods, but it is also a key driver of deforestation and land degradation.
Governments and private companies operating in East Africa are increasingly looking for ways to produce key commodities in a sustainable way. But there are few examples, or robust models, of sustainable investments that generate competitive returns for the private sector, public sector and communities while conserving forests and improving local livelihoods.
Partnerships for Forests is therefore looking to identify and support partnerships in the region that have the potential to drive change.
Over 75 per cent of the population in East Africa is dependent on agriculture Dependency on charcoal or fuelwood for energy results in 34 million tons of wood cut down each year in Ethiopia and Tanzania together alone