BoP Slideshow: KOMAZA, innovations in microforestry and sustainablity in Africa
KOMAZA helps rural families in Africa plant and maintain small-scale, income-generating tree farms, a new concept they call microforestry. KOMAZA’s direct impact is threefold: First, KOMAZA workers hope to alleviate the deforestation of indigenous trees (only 2% of Kenya remains covered by forests), by reducing the need for these farmers to cut down the forests in the first place. Second, by working with each individual farmer and their families to utilize dry, unused land to plant a drought-resistant strain of eucalyptus trees, they are introducing farmers to a new sustainable source of income. When the trees are cut and harvested, they will continue to grow without needing to be replanted. Third, and why KOMAZA has attracted so much attention lately, is that KOMAZA is building a financially viable for-profit business itself, allowing it to expand its reach and impact beyond the towns and villages around Kilifi. KOMAZA hopes to become “Africa’s first nonprofit forestry company.”
This is the first of an ongoing series of slideshows by The (BoP) Project.