Agroforestry combines agricultural and forestry technologies to create more diverse, productive, profitable and sustainable land use systems. NatureBank develops agroforestry projects adapted to the specific circumstances of the site and assists in developing diversified investment opportunities.
In agroforestry systems, trees are managed together with crops and/or animal production systems which improves forest production and agricultural methods increasing productivity and economic benefits. Unlike conventional agricultural methods, agroforestry also produces higher quality and more diverse ecological benefits ranging from soil quality, biodiversity, water protection, climate resilience, etc.
With over a decade of implementing and managing agroforestry projects and systems, our team has the data and track record that demonstrates the success of integrated agroforestry approaches in the field level.
One of our key areas of expertise within this area is sustainable cocoa production and the integration of non-timber forest products into existing projects.
Sustainable Forest Management
NatureBank has developed forest management plans that meet requirements for forest certification (FSC, SFI, ATF) as well as forest carbon project verifications and has the expertise and tools to develop integrated sustainable forest management programs for a wide array of land owners.
Through our process improvement services, we have the experience to enhance the quality and quantity of the agricultural production processes as well as post-harvest services. There are many ways in which we help to improve the production process, but this can start through a farm site assessment (climate, soil and other environmental conditions).
Growing cocoa and producing stable and high cocoa qualities is a very complex process. NatureBank specializes in providing customized solutions for cocoa production. In order to set up long-term cocoa projects that are economically successful, it is crucial to have a deep understanding of all factors in the value chain that influence productivity and quality.
The degradation of soil, the desertification of whole landscapes as well as food and water shortage is a huge challenge for arid regions around the world. Additionally, the un-coordinated disposal of wastewater is not only a dissipation of valuable resources in certain parts of the world, but creates serious hazards for human health and the environment. NatureBank specializes in afforesting arid areas by implementing drip irrigation with pre-treated sewage water.