This sensitization meeting was attended by Civil Society Organizations operating in the field of natural resource management and marketing of small-holder farmers’ produce. Analog forestry was presented as a sustainable land use option as well as forest restoration tool.
Rich Forests explained the huge demand for organic food in Europe and demonstrated how the analog forestry methodology can be used to improve productivity in the long term as well as attract investment from financial institutions. The invited participants were enthusiastic and showed interest in building their capacity in analog forestry methodologies. However, the issue of marketing of their products was also paramount and we jointly resolved to work hand in hand in order to improve product quality in order to meet the demands of the organic market. Some products were exposed and the RF team took some away for eventual publicity as well as filling up the proposed BothENDS Christmas basket of products which they intend to give as gifts to staff.