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The farm treetool partners for innovation 2015


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The FarmTreeTool helps small farmers and investors with a quantitative analysis of agroforestry systems. With this simple-to-use modeling tool, large groups of farmers can make simple business plans to develop their land into agroforestry-based enterprises and gain access to medium-term loans.

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The farm treetool partners for innovation 2015

  1. 1. © Partners for Innovation PfI’s FarmTreeTool records Plot Development « Everybody Can Grow Trees and Earn » Frank van Schoubroeck Ph.D.; 15 December, 2014
  2. 2. PfI works on Agroforestry: “Everybody Can Grow Trees and Earn” >EVERYBODY => Smallholders, Men, Women, Youth, Pastoralists, Urban people, Companies >CAN GROW TREES => each group, has opportunities to care for trees >AND EARN => People as an individual should benefit from growing trees
  3. 3. Everybody can grow trees and earn • ALL work for home consumption + markets • As a general rule: More People, More Trees Women prefer Agroforestry- Horticulture Gardens Men, Youth prefer wood lots, live fences Pastoralists prefer systems with-animals
  4. 4. For example: Mali – Farmers manage Agroforestry Gardens. BUT have weak market linkages, and no credit options; so gardens are static
  5. 5. Some farmers manage to develop their Agroforestry gardens into vibrant enterprises Subsistence Make money More money
  6. 6. Business Planning will allow farmers to invest in productive sustainable Agroforestry Gardens >Existing loan schemes are short-term >With guarantees Credit Institutions might develop longer-term schemes >Islamic Loans allow for longer term joint investor-entrepreneur linkages
  7. 7. The Business Model Canvas helps to design Agroforestry- based Enterprises
  8. 8. *The Business Model Canvas organises QUALITATIVE and QUANTITATIVE aspects The FarmTreeTool documents QUANTITATIVE aspects Feasibility Studies document QUALITATIVE aspects
  9. 9. The FarmTreeTool is an Agroforestry Business Planning procedure >Through five steps, the tool underpins mixed economic-subsistence Enterprise Development Plans Data Input Data Base Planning Options Calcula- tions Out- put
  10. 10. FarmTreeTool specifications >Requirements: • Must work online AND offline • Must run on every computer • Must be an improvement over Excel-sheet >Our tool can do this and more!
  11. 11. Vision Regional Data Set Farm Plans PfI Services Cases About Welcome The FarmTreeTool helps Men, Women, Young Entrepreneurs to assess the balance of investments and benefits from Agroforestry- Based Enterprises After creating a Regional Data Set, you can develop Farm Plans that allow smallholder farmers to develop a “best mix” of trees, crops and animals and apply for loans for investments The FarmTreeTool – Home Page Everybody Can Grow Trees and Earn
  12. 12. *The FarmTreeTool works with a two-step data entry that lead to a Business Plan Data Input Data Base Planning Options Calcula- tions Out- put • Then: design a Farm Enterprise by selecting Production Options • First: enter Agroforestry Systems data – Investments (planting, harvesting) and Benefits (consumption, sale) • Last: generate a Business Plan for individuals with an Agroforestry- Based Enterprise • Next: describe an existing Farm by selecting Existing Production
  13. 13. The FarmTreeTool Regional Data Set consists of agronomic, social and market data >Step 1: Agronomists collect data at Regional Level Out- put Calcula- tions Farm ID & Planning Options Regional Data Set Data Input • Trees, crops, animals – Initial, Recurrent Investments in techniques, labour, monetised; Production in volume, monetised • Labour: men, women, specialist – time, monetised • Technology & Processing – Monetised • Prices of Products
  14. 14. Vision Regional Data Set Farm ID and Plans PfI Services Cases About Create Regional Data Set Create Economic Regime Trees Crops Animals Labour Technology Processing Market Prices *The FarmTreeTool Everybody Can Grow Trees and Earn
  15. 15. The FarmTreeTool has a DATABASE specific per Agro-Ecological Region >Data Base for storage and retrieval of data – based on an on-line system Out- put Calcula- tions Farm ID & Planning Options Regional Data Set Data Input Storage & Retrieval data
  16. 16. The Regional Data Set allows entrepreneurs to CHOOSE production options >Entrepreneurs indicate their EXISTING enterprise and and outline a DESIRED way to expand production Out- put Calcula- tions Farm ID & Planning Options Regional Data Set Data Input Entrepreneurs select production options • Choice of trees/crops/animals / processing activities / labour services / Technology to boost production Farmers indicate their Identity • Plot location, size; Family composition, men, women, youth labour available • Present trees/crops/animals / processing activities / labour / Technology
  17. 17. Vision Regional Data Sets Enterprise Plans PfI Services Cases About Create Family Enterprise Plan Select Farm Profile Enterprise Plan Create Family Profile Print … Plot Plot Trees Trees Crops Crops Animals Animals Technology Technology Processing Processing *The FarmTreeTool Everybody Can Grow Trees and Earn
  18. 18. Entrepreneur Options allow the FarmTreeTool to calculate in-kind and monetised time series >The FarmTreeTool aggregating protocol transforms data categories into cost/return TIME SERIES for entreprise-level balances Data Input Data Base Planning Options Calcula- tions Out- put Time Series Calculations consist of • Existing capital • Inital investments in labour, money • Recurrent investments month-wise for two years; year-wise for year 3-40 • Yields, monetised yields, biodiversity / employment / carbon / etc. • Addition across categories Investments, Trees/Crops/Animals, Labour
  19. 19. The FarmTreeTool provides summarised investment & production data – for the REGION and for Enterprises >The FarmTreeTool presents (1) general DATABASE key data; combined into (2) individual Enterprise Business Plan + socio-economic situation Data Input Data Base Planning Options Calcula- tions Out- put Outputs consist of • Input: Database content - Location • Input: Individual entrepreneurs’ choices on investment & production • Calculations: economic indicators per enterprise • Individual Enterprise Business Plan – in combination with qualitative information
  20. 20. Example Database Output: Analysis of the tree species of Mr Keita, Kita, Mali -4,000 -2,000 0 2,000 4,000 6,000 8,000 10,000 12,000 14,000 16,000 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 Bilan par arbre spec par ha: FCFA '000 Mangier (non greffé) Mangier (greffé) Papaya Oranger Guavier Baobab feuilles
  21. 21. Example: AFJ Garden of Dogondoutchi in Niger
  22. 22. Example: output: economic indicators XOF -15,000.00 XOF -10,000.00 XOF -5,000.00 XOF 0.00 XOF 5,000.00 XOF 10,000.00 XOF 15,000.00 2012 Jan-13 Feb-13 Mar-13 Apr-13 May-13 Jun-13 Jul-13 Aug-13 Sep-13 Oct-13 Nov-13 Dec-13 Jan-14 Feb-14 Mar-14 Apr-14 May-14 Jun-14 Jul-14 Aug-14 Sep-14 Oct-14 Nov-14 Dec-14 Jan-15 Feb-15 Mar-15 Apr-15 May-15 Jun-15 Jul-15 Aug-15 Sep-15 Oct-15 Nov-15 Dec-15 CumulativeCashFlow(1000XOF) Month - Year Cumulative Balance (3 years) Valley of Death Initial investment Set-up & Growing Successful product Payback Period, Operational Successful Business
  23. 23. The FarmTreeTool Everybody Can Grow Trees and Earn Contact us to learn more: Partners for Innovation (Amsterdam Office) T: +31 (0)20 620 05 11 Or send an e-mail to our expert Frank van Schoubroeck Ph.D. f.van.schoubroeck [ at ]