AF Promoters Network

AF Promoters Network Latin America

BOLIVIA

Ruth Mary Vargas Robles

Country: Bolivia
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
Ruth is a well-trained professional with a lot of experience working with communities. She is part of the organization FIDES-Fundacion Integral de Desarrollo. Her plot is located in the El Cerro Community in the Municipality of Pailón, Department of Santa Cruz. Deforestation in Pailón is being seen annually and increasing and a large part of the forests are affected by degradation and loss of biodiversity. Ruth and FIDES work in the El Cerro community with 90 families who work collectively in the gardens in a communal way. The objective of the design is to create a pilot model space to be replicated in other communities. Ruth has carried out a participatory process to define the objectives and the species that will be installed and complement beekeeping and other local activities.
FOCUS AREA: Food sovereignty, market access, participatory coordination

Rosa Pachuri Paraba

Country: Bolivia
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
From the community: San Josema from the municipality of San Rafael Province: Velasco Department: Santa Cruz, Bolivia She is 45. Her parents are: Romulo Pachuri and Natividad Paraba. She is current President of the RAFAELEÑAS DE VELASCO WOMEN'S ORGANIZATION (OMIRV) which brings together 20 communities in the municipality of San Rafael de Velasco
FOCUS AREA: Knowledge of medicinal plants, food and self-consumption

ECUADOR

Ana María Andrade

Country: Ecuador
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
Ana María Andrade, 37 years old, is a journalist. But she found her true path in the field. She has been in organic agriculture for 13 years; when she came to live on the farm that her grandfather inherited them, located in La Concordia, Province of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Ecuador. She studied agronomy for some years, but did not graduate. Her farm is called Agromache, it has been in the family for more than 40 years. Despite the fact that, in this time, things have not always been handled organically; She is grateful for having been lucky enough to initiate a great change with the aim of strengthening and conserving the ecosystem and small forests of her country.
FOCUS AREA: Agromache has 124 hectares, the main crop is oil palm, which is currently diversified into cocoa and banana, there are also small plots of fruit trees, papayas, pineapples, pitahayas, mangosteen, yucca, composting area, biofermented products, and a small nursery. However, the best thing they have in this farm are the nearly 37 hectares of forests that complete the bio-corridors, taking care of the water and the animals.

Janneth Marisol Angulo

Country: Ecuador
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
Marisol is 55 years old, Profession Master in Management of educational and social projects. She considers herself as a rural woman and is a Former University Professor. Marisol is also an active member of the REFA (Ecuadorian Network of Analog Forestry) Active member of the Sto Dgo Environmental Front. Owner of the ecological projects: MARYFLORECUADOR and Quinta
FOCUS AREA: Enrichment of a forest with Analog Forestry in the urban area of Santo Domingo, a nursery for orchids, bromeliads and other plants.

Enma Revilla

Country: Ecuador
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
Known as La Profe, Ecuadorian national, Enma comes from a very united family, her best teachers in leadership were her parents and her best strategic allies after Angelito Suco are her three children; She holds teaching profession, she worked for 45 years in different provinces of Ecuador and her transversal axis applied as a teacher was Environment, Being a teacher, it has given excellent results. She did several pedagogical courses and even won the first place in a pedagogical innovation, based on ecological stories, however the award was never given to her, for absurd situations.
FOCUS AREA: Currently owns a farm, called the Verde Canande Agrotourism Project where an Analog Forestry System has been installed, recognized by the REFA and the IAFN. The designation of being the Analog Forestry Promoter has turned her life around, Profe works without hours in favor of the recovery of flora and fauna species and along the Ecuadorian coast, she plants small trees as a souvenir and symbol of important events.

María Gutierrez

Country: Ecuador
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
María has experience working with peasant organizations, for a period of eight years with the advice of Dr Ranil Senanayake, she participated in the implementation of AF in the Northwest of Pichincha. Later María had the opportunity to be involved in rural development activities with state entities, promoting the implementation of agroforestry systems with cocoa and fruit trees, an alternative for agricultural production compared to the mono crop of corn in the Province of Los Ríos. Currently interested in strengthening knowledge in AF and implementing a demonstration area, in cocoa, orange, banana and African palm growing environment.
FOCUS AREA: In her design, María creates a food forest and cultivates cocoa in the region with strong prevailence of corn monoculture and agrochemicals.

EL SALVADOR

Karen Liliana Díaz

Country: El Salvador
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
Karen Liliana Diaz, 28 years old, young feminist activist defender of the sexual and reproductive rights of girls, adolescents and young women. Karen is a member of the National Network and promoter of analog forestry in El Salvador.
FOCUS AREA: Implementation of Analog Forestry in Ameyalli plot located in Santo Tomás focused on food sovereignty and self-consumption.

Martha Alicia Estrada Ulloa

Country: El Salvador
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
Original Woman of the Nahuat Pipil People of El Salvador, founding member of the Association of Councils of Native Peoples of Cuzcatan (ACOPOC), Council of Cuyultitan, department of La Paz, El Salvador. Alicia is a member of the Network of Community Environmentalists of El Salvador. Professional of Agricultural Sciences with a production approach in agricultural and livestock agro-ecosystems with agro-ecological methodologies to obtain food, water, air and raw materials, resisting mega-projects of death and destruction in defense of natural assets and human rights .
FOCUS AREA: Environmental education as a form of resistance to traditional agriculture and with advocacy to influence national policy decisions.

Fatima Landaverde

Country: El Salvador
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
Fatima Landaverde belongs to the Ecological Association of Permacultoras and Permacultores of Suchitoto in El Salvador. She works in permaculture and also with the Women's Collective for local development in the area of empowerment and economic autonomy for women.
FOCUS AREA: Fatima focuses on auto-consume and protection of trees in danger of extinction. She will convert a mango plantation in analog forest on the permaculture farm in Suchitoto.

GUATEMALA

Isabel Cuxé

Country: Guatemala
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
Isabel is Maya Kaqchikel, originally from San Juan Sacatepéquez in the department of Guatemala. She works in the Madreselva Collective Association in Guatemala, in her design she focuses on urban analog forestry garden.
FOCUS AREA: Isabel is very interested in showing that in the city you can have a space with trees, flowers, medicinal plants or plants for our food.

Ana Isabel Fión

Country: Guatemala
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
Ana Isabel Fión. Since she was a child, she liked nature very much, so when she grew up she decided to study agronomy in renewable natural resources. She is considered an enthusiast of agroecology and environmental education through permacultural design and the principles of the biointensive method. She has worked as a teaching assistant in the science area of the Faculty of Agronomy, she has also participated in research on the agrobiodiversity of the milpa system in the Cuchumatanes region as well as in evaluations of the sustainability of family production systems. She is co-founder of the Network of Independent Educators for Food Sovereignty (REISA) and currently accompanies processes for the defense of water and territory in the southern region of the country in the Guatemalan Community Forestry Association Utz Che '.
FOCUS AREA: Last year Utz Che 'received as a donation a piece of land that had historically been planted with sugar cane. This land is located in the area with the greatest productive potential in the country: the south coast. Within this land there is a forest that is supposed to be an oasis in the middle of the green desert of the cane. The Association has considered the recovery of the ecosystem through the expansion of the forest with the design of Ana Isabel. The interest in Analog Forestry is to apply the principles so that recovery is faster and can also be a place where food is obtained, both for people and for the other species that inhabit the place. Work with nature and not against it.

HONDURAS

Ricci Sarahi Hernández Martínez

Country: Honduras
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
Ricci is from the community of Los Chorritos, Concepción de María, Choluteca, Honduras. She learned about the concept of analog forestry with great interest because Ricci has realized the importance of knowing the forest and that new crops of different species can be implemented within the forest and thus diversify it, leaving monoculture behind as long as there is an objective to follow in the design.
FOCUS AREA: Food security, diversification of species

Unicer Enexdania Martínez

Country: Honduras
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
Unicer from Choluteca, Honduras, is 19 years old and represents the Association of Ecological Committees of the South of Honduras (ACESH). She was a participant in the 2020 training of analog forestry promoters, is very passionate about the environmental issues and considers vital to continue learning new strategies or methodologies to work according to the restoration of ecosystems in an ecological way, being the key for the recovery of degraded lands.
FOCUS AREA: Restoration of degraded lands, food security

Dania Ramos

Country: Honduras
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
Dania is Honduran, she lives in the 3 de Febrero neighborhood, which belongs to the municipality of Marcovia, department of Choluteca. She is 39 years old, she is a person of limited resources, but with a very great love of Nature. Since she was little she got used to talking with plants. She has a piece of land near the house and a vegetable garden. For her, the FA 202 workshop has been a great help and she has learned a lot to know and value plants and everything that surrounds us, Nature itself. She is also working on mangrove reforestation, planting mangroves. She is currently the president of a rural savings and credit fund, where there are 50 members, a mixed group of women and men. She also belongs to UEDESAMAR as an affiliated group, and is collaborating with Tierra Viva.
FOCUS AREA: Food security, learning how to draw contour lines because her terrain needs it to handle sloping soils

Elba Lilian Rodríguez Corrales

Country: Honduras
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
Elba is 33 years old. She was born in the community of El Ojochal, Marcovia, Choluteca department in southern Honduras. Her free time likes to read, study, train, cook, work in baking and take care of Nature. Analog Forestry has taught her to know the plants, she has awakened in Elba to love Nature that now where she is, she is seeing the trees and identifying them. She learned that trees have different leaves, their height and coverage. Identifying the type of soil that she has in her plot is a beautiful way of caring for Nature. She belongs to the Luz y Esperanza Multiple Services Company, she is the secretary of said company, and is affiliated with the Uedesamar organization, and is the secretary of the URPAGolF organization, which means Regional Union of Artisanal Fishermen of the Gulf of Fonseca. She is also the Coordinator of women's trainings for the Tourism Network.
FOCUS AREA: Useful plants for people's health, medicinal plants, use and dosage of natural medicine.

NICARAGUA

Jael Bildad Cruz Castillo

Country: Nicaragua
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
Jael is a Forest Engineer with a Master's in Agroecology. She currently works as a teacher at the Faculty of Natural Resources and the Environment of the National Agrarian University (UNA). Since she received the first Analog Forestry (AF) workshop in Costa Rica, she became passionate about the subject because it is focused on ecological restoration and it can also be considered as a practice that mitigates the effects of climate change. That is why she took the initiative to put it into practice on a plot of the El Plantel farm, owned by UNA; In this sense, the objective of the FA plot is to increase the amount of flowers available for the beehives that UNA has on said farm, so that only honey species will be established.
FOCUS AREA: Agroecología, climate change mitigation and adaptation, beekeeping

Rosalyz Espinoza

Country: Nicaragua
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
Rosalyz is a young woman, who began her career working in social work, specifically with women, this experience became a bridge to join the organization "La Cuculmeca" in 2014. She has a lot of experience in the field of work where the family is included but giving spaces and decision-making to women with regard to community organization, leadership and land tenure.
FOCUS AREA: Food security, strengthening the capacities of women in analog forestry, climate change

Mireya González Soto

Country: Nicaragua
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
Mireya is a woman leader who has been working on strengthening and empowering women for more than 30 years. She is an entrepreneur with two children and three grandchildren. Mireya is a defender of the rights of girls, boys and adolescents: through a project that works on the issue of Ecological Rights and the construction of Green Communities, she accompanies and motivates them to protect the environment, carrying out small and large actions such as the establishment of gardens, family gardens, planting and adoption of trees at home, at school and in the community. She works with the Education and Communication Association "La Cuculmeca" in Jinotega.
FOCUS AREA: Youth empowerment, environmental rights, environmental protection, orchards

Luz Marina Valle

Country: Nicaragua
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
Luz Marina is a 32-year-old feminist peasant woman, Agricultural Management Engineer, originally from the El Jocote community, Municipality of Condega, Estelí Department - Nicaragua. She lives with her brother and aunt, hers who has been the main inspiration and example of the struggle towards empowerment. Since 2006, she has organized and participates in the processes of Integral Empowerment (ideological, economic, and Organizational) promoted by the Entre Mujeres Foundation (FEM). She is a member of the women's cooperative Tierra Nuestra (COMTINUE), which is part of the Central of Multisectoral Cooperatives of ecological feminist women "Las Diosas RL" where she holds the position of vice president, advancing along with other women in this process of struggle. for autonomy, solidarity economy and agroecology through the strengthening of agro-food chains.
FOCUS AREA: A plot of land, where Luz has been developing an agro-ecological model with a feminist perspective through productive diversification in the cultivation of hibiscus rose, beekeeping, coffee and other crops, through the implementation of the biointensive garden methodology. Including analog forestry with more than 60 species as part of the productive diversification, food security and sovereignty and as a tool for ecological restoration and increase of biodiversity.

María Ofelia Ortega Sandoval

Country: Nicaragua
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
María Ofelia is 30 years old, a university student, single mother of a girl, lives in the San Diego region, Diriomo municipality - Granada Department. She is an agroecological producer, currently vice coordinator of the network of native and domesticated foreign seed banks in the South zone (Granada, Carazo and Rivas). She is also a member of the board of directors of the bank of native and domesticated seeds of her community (secretary), she is a promoter in her community of the projects that Nochari association develops, spokesperson for Red Gpae defending native and domesticated seeds, she also belongs to a group of young communicators promoting agroecology.
FOCUS AREA: Interest in ecological restoration, María Ofelia wants to contribute to the recovery, conservation and replacement of the ecosystem of her plot and her community that for years has been degraded, damaged or destroyed, (intervened) by people.

Carolina del Carmen Ruiz Varela

Country: Nicaragua
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
Carolina lives in the community of San Ildefonso Sur in the Larreynaga Municipality, she is an active member of the Autonomous Organization of Women since 2006. Carolina is doing the AF implementation site on her property, which is 640 square meters in size and located in the Ildenfonso community, in the municipality of Malpaisillo. She has already planted several trees and plants, there are parts with sun and parts with shade. It is a small plot, but with a good potential to become a demonstration site for AF.
FOCUS AREA: Food security, diversification of species

Rachel Vincent

Country: Nicaragua
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
Rachel is Canadian residing in Nicaragua since 2014. She studied in Canada in social and environmental responsibility and since 2009, she has worked and has been an activist in agriculture: 1) in a pedagogical farm 2) in an urban ecology collective and 3) in a network of urban agriculture. In 2013, she had the opportunity to be invited to Nicaragua as an advisor on an urban agriculture project. During this trip, she learned of an opportunity to work as a project coordinator in agroecology with a Canadian international cooperation organization. She is the director in Nicaragua of the international cooperation organization Mar y Mundo, a Canadian organization working in Sénégal, Nicaragua and Costa Rica whose mission is to support local associations and vulnerable populations through international volunteering and development projects. In Central America, they work with approximately 30 local associations of which more than half are supporting rural communities to adapt to climate change.
FOCUS AREA: Work with communities in the fight against climate change and deforestation, reforestation to compensate for the carbon emission of her organization's international trips, urban agriculture, rescue of native seeds and native species, urban gardens, integration of green public spaces with bushes and fruit trees.

PARAGUAY

Lorena Cuevas Villalta

Country: Paraguay
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
Lorena is a member of the San José Producers Association. Her plot is located in the Pirapey Community, Itapúa Department and has 450 m2. Lorena seeks innovations and new strategies to restore ecosystems and fight against monocultures and degraded soils. She was a student of CECTEC (Center for Peasant Education, Training and Technology) and continued studying at the university, Lic. Agroecological and Industrial Administration. She has worked in a project called "Sensitizing about Environmental Defense" in Pirapey. She is currently teaching in a technical college in the IPA program - Agricultural Professional Initiation and BTA - Agricultural Technical Baccalaureate program.
FOCUS AREA: Comprehensive education, medicinal plants, restoration of a plot previously used for livestock.

Ana Lucía Soteras Ortíz

Country: Paraguay
Languages: Spanish
BIOGRAPHY:
Anita is a Forest Engineer and belongs to the organization FIRE Paraguay (Promotion of Initiatives for the Restoration of Ecosystems of Paraguay). Her plot is located in the "Yvapuruvú Forest Farm" in the Itaguazú Community, Cordillera department, Municipality of Altos. This farm is managed by the allied organization Sobrevivencia Friends of the Earth Paraguay and aims to promote the application of Analog Forestry in different communities and ecoregions. The plot has a demonstrative and scientific objective and complements the overall activities of the farm - comprehensive farm management (beekeeping, livestock, generation of fertilizers, trainings).
FOCUS AREA: Conservation of biodiversity integrating economic aspects, application of AF in the field.

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NEPAL

Anu Manandhar

Country: Nepal
BIOGRAPHY:
Anu was born and raised in Kathmandu, and lives with her husband and daughter. She has a degree in Management and has been a volunteer with Tewa for the last two decades where she has gained experience working with women’s groups over the years. She has a small handicraft business, and recently has been considering starting a small farmstead in the outskirts of Kathmandu, employing special eco-friendly techniques. She is proud to be an AF Promoter and excited to be sharing the knowledge and experience with various women’s groups Tewa is affiliated with.

Jharana Maharjan

Country: Nepal
BIOGRAPHY:
Jharana is from Lalitpur, Nepal and is working on her Masters degree in counseling psychology. Her bachelor's degree was in social work, she loves to work with local women and children and started volunteering in Tewa where she is engaged in the area of promoting young women in community leadership. Her time is dedicated to collaborating with women's groups and teaching social work to students.

INDONESIA

Ridho Faizinda

Country: Indonesia
BIOGRAPHY:
Ridho Faizinda is an activist at the Perkumpulan Gemawan, a local NGO located in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Growing up in a farming family, she loves gardening and assists women's groups, most of whom are farmers, to encourage organic and environmentally friendly agricultural practices. She also encourages the practice of cultivating vegetables in urban areas with women's groups to meet the nutritional needs of their families. Together with her organization, Ridho promotes community-based natural resource management, one of which is through a social forestry program.

Laili Khairnur

Country: Indonesia
BIOGRAPHY:
Over the last decade Laili has been involved in social movements and civil society in West Kalimantan and Indonesia. As a student in Yogyakarta, she volunteered in several national NGOs. Besides her specialisation in women’s issues, she is also an expert in the issues of corruption, good governance and natural resources management, particularly in relation to forestry and oil-palm production. For the past five years she has been exploring economic development issues, specifically the small-micro business. She has considerable expertise as a facilitator, advocator and campaigner. She also has expertise in directing an organisation such as Lembaga Gemawan on management and program planning issues and frequently serves as spokesperson for her organization on local, national and international advocacy.

Wanti Astriani

Country: Indonesia
BIOGRAPHY:
Wanti Astriani was born and raised in Galing sub-district and graduated with a bachelor's degree in agriculture, majoring in agribusiness. She has worked with Gemawan for 4 years as a community organizer, empowering women's groups in Sambas Regency and Singkawang City. Previously, she worked in government programs as a companion for agricultural extension workers for UPSUS Pajale activities. Currently, she and a group of women are making demonstration plots of environmentally friendly agriculture using organic fertilizers and organic pesticides. By joining the AF Promoter’s Network, she plans to share her knowledge with the women's groups she works with.

INDIA

Bellu

Country: India
Languages: Irula and Tamil

BIOGRAPHY:
Bellu, who is fondly called Bellu amma with reverence because of her age, poise and knowledge is an Irula Tribe elder from Sigur plateau region. She is an enthusiastic farmer and has been part of many farm-related initiatives from government departments and non-government organizations. She is actively engaged with the work of Keystone Foundation with the Biodiversity Conservation team. She is a Barefoot Ecologist and leads village elder programmes in her village Chokkanahalli. Her traditional knowledge on the forests, rivers and uncultivated food is a treasure to the younger generations.
Focus area: Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Food Sovereignty, Agro-ecology monitoring.

Rajendran

Country: India
Languages: Irula and Tamil

BIOGRAPHY:
Rajendran is from Chokanahalli Sigur area but has worked for a long time in Pillur region. He has field experience in bee related studies and is a good observer of changes in his surroundings. He has been working with Keystone Foundation for 17 years. coordinating various projects in the field mainly on agriculture, nurseries and biodiversity related works.
Focus area: Livelihoods, Nurseries, Beekeeping and Bees.

Nitya

Country: India
Languages: Irula, Tamil and English (manageable)

BIOGRAPHY:
Nitya is from Pillur region and her link with Keystone Foundation started as a nature education student and then she was a Barefoot Ecologist monitoring agro-ecological aspects. She has a bachelor’s degree in Commerce. Due to her interest in nature related subjects and her curiosity, she was selected for the Nilgiri Field Learning Course (NFLC). Her performance during the course transitioned into a full-time staff position. Now her job roles are related to apiculture and learn and teach about pollinators, beyond bees.
Focus area: Apiculture, Pollinators, Training and Raising Awareness

Murugesh

Country: India
Languages: Irula, Tamil and English (manageable)

BIOGRAPHY:
Murugesh is from Pillur region and pursued a bachelors in Microbiology which he could not complete due to personal reasons. Due to his flair to learn new topics, he has a fast-learning curve and his interest to give back in his region, especially on issues of conservation, made him join the Barefoot Ecology Programme. He now works with the farmers promoting organic agriculture and traditional crops.
Focus area: Agro-ecological monitoring, livelihoods, traditional farming

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GHANA

ALICE TAMAKLOE

Country: Ghana
Languages: English

BIOGRAPHY:
Alice is a program coordinator with the Avu Lagoon Women’s Development Organization (ALWDO) in Tosukpo- Ghana. She has interests in uplifting community livelihoods of grassroots women groups and states that Analog Forestry can be a veritable vehicle in reaching her goals for her community.
Focus area: sustainable livelihoods, community development.

RITA SEDEM YAA GOKA

Country: Ghana
Languages: English

BIOGRAPHY:
Rita is a program coordinator for The Development Institute (TDI) and focuses on empowering people and communities for sustainable development. Her interest in Analog Forestry is to be able to learn new skills and share the knowledge with TDI´s target communities.
Focus area: sustainable peace building & community development, policy analysis, dialogue & advocacy.

RHODA VITASHIE

Country: Ghana
Languages: English

BIOGRAPHY:
Rhoda is small-scale farmer in Tosukpo-Ghana with keen interests in sustainable farming methods. Analog Forestry to her is a huge eye opener and she plans to use the technique to improve her farmstead.
Focus area: sustainable farming.

KWAME APAU

Country: Ghana
Languages: English

BIOGRAPHY:
Kwame Apau is a journalist by profession with interest and knowledge in health and safety management & intellectual property rights. His love for nature & greenery as he puts it got him involved in the Analog Forestry program through the introduction by a friend of his. He has a Foundation whose aim is to reclaim degraded lands and preserve water bodies destroyed through acts of illegal mining and logging. He’s currently using the AF methodology to restore these areas.
Focus area: journalism, ecosystem restoration with neem & teak as principal trees of interest.

UGANDA

CAROLINE NABUKONDE

Country: Uganda
Languages: English, Kiswahili, Lumasaba, Luganda, Lusoga

BIOGRAPHY:
Caroline is a gender equity specialist with the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises in Mbale, Eastern Uganda. She has proven managerial experience as well as an excellent understanding of development and gender issues. She has keen interests in understanding and using Analog Forestry techniques as a tool to mainstream gender aspects and ensure equity in the use of natural resources at all levels of society.
Focus area: gender mainstreaming and aggressive advocacy, climate smart agriculture.

BETH NAMBOZO

Country: Uganda
Languages: English

BIOGRAPHY:
Beth is an environmentalist with the Rural Development Media and Communication (RUDMEC) organization. She works with grassroots women groups in the Sironko district of Eastern Uganda where she assists in providing innovative skills & technologies to vulnerable community farmer groups.
Focus area: sustainable agriculture, environmental protection.

EMILY ARAYO

Country: Uganda
Languages: English

BIOGRAPHY:
Emily is advocacy trainer with interests in the sustainable management of natural resources. She is a member of the Rural Development Media and Communication organization (RUDMEC), and works at the nexus of advocacy & conservation of forestry resources.
Focus area: development communications, training and advocacy.

SARAH KAYINZA KISOLO

Country: Uganda
Languages: English, Luganda, Kiswahili

BIOGRAPHY:
Sarah is the General Secretary for Rural Development Media and Communication (RUDMEC) for the last eighteen years to date. She has interests in promoting indigenous tree planting for ecosystem restoration, and engages in activities regarding mitigation and adaptation to respond to climate change impacts, promoting sustainable land management practices, ecological sanitation, sustainable agriculture and renewable energy technologies. Sarah specializes in communication for development and educational broadcasting radio management and coordinates with various community-based organizations and NGOs working in the areas of environmental conservation, sustainable agriculture, climate change, reproductive health and with cross cutting issues on gender mainstreaming/social justice.
Focus area: Using media to initiate behaviour change & enhance better livelihoods for the rural and marginalized communities.

KIZITO GEOFFREY

Country: Uganda
Languages: English, Luganda, Kiswahili

BIOGRAPHY:
Geoffrey is a native of Kasejjere village Mityana District, Uganda and a small scale farmer. He has background knowledge in environment, entrepreneurship, computer, guidance and counseling, agroforestry and sustainable land use management. He is coordinator & program associate at Kikandwa Environmental Association (KEA).
Focus area: indigenous community, gender equality, agriculture, agroforestry, land use management.

JOHN KAGANGA

Country: Uganda
Languages: English, Luganda

BIOGRAPHY:
John is a retired teacher & rural farmer from Kasejjere village, Kikandwa sub-county in Mityana district, Uganda. He’s a fellow of professional food security, environmental activist, and participatory innovation development trainer/facilitator promoting local innovation. He’s also the co-founder & Director of Kikandwa Environmental Association, specialized in sustainable agriculture and environment management.He belongs to several agencies occupying different positions – Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development &A Growing Culture (AGC), a non for profit organization based in USA (Board member); Platform for Ecosystem based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly for Africa (EBAFOSA, Uganda Chapter (Advisor).
Focus area: sustainable agriculture and environmental management.

ZIMBABWE

GLORIA CHIKONYE

Country: Zimbabwe
Languages: English

BIOGRAPHY:
Gloria is a committee member of the Kufumaishungu group in the Midlands of Zimbabwe and wishes to use her knowledge of Analog Forestry to help her community restore the forests and enhance food security.
Focus area: Livelihood improvement, women empowerment.

LIZZY NJOVO

Country: Zimbabwe
Languages: English

BIOGRAPHY:
Lizzy is secretary in her grassroots women’s group in the Midlands of Zimbabwe. She’s keen on learning and spreading the technique of Analog Forestry to her group and community.
Focus area: Improve livelihoods and managing the environment in a friendly manner.

LOVENESS MHANDU

Country: Zimbabwe
Languages: English

BIOGRAPHY:
Loveness is the chairperson of her group and wants to spread the technique of Analog Forestry in her community in a very practical manner.
Focus area: Women empowerment.

TADEZI BVUTE

Country: Zimbabwe
Languages: English and Ndebele

BIOGRAPHY:
Tadezi Bvute is a member of the Kufumaishungu group also in the Midlands of Zimbabwe. She’s keen on acquiring knowledge in Analog Forestry focusing on monitoring of plots and in turn sharing the knowledge with her group members. AF is helping her to regenerate her abandoned farm due to years of persistent droughts.
Focus area: Income generation through regenerating food forests, women empowerment.

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