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NTFP-PFM PHASE 2 PROGRESS REPORTS

Year 2

The main achievements and impacts during Year 2 (July 2008 to June 2009) of Phase 2 can be summarised as follows:

  • Creation of new working accommodation for the woreda project officers,
  • Training of project and government staff in a number of skills including conflict management, specifically for PFM work,
  • Strengthening of CBOs (PFMAs & PLCs), as well as for Coops and Government offices through training and field support in the areas of conflict management, multi-stakeholder analysis, facilitation, and business planning,
  • Farmers engaged in NTFP activities started to provide training and technical support for other farmers,
  • Minority groups, especially the Menjo, are being empowered and participating equally with others in development activities,
  • Supported the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to host the annual PFM Network meeting in Jimma with field visits to Project area,
  • Continued review of PFM process from Phase 1 with field workshops to learn lessons in the areas of baseline data, boundary demarcation, and consultation of stakeholders,   
  • Identification and clarification of issues critical for PFM up-scaling, including tenure and use rights, the need for profit generation by FMAs to create an incentive basis for PFM, and the need for appropriate institutional arrangements,
  • Strengthening the voice of the PFM groups through the establishment of a local network.
  • Start of process of PFM up-scaling in 21 new communities
  • Support to CBOs in negotiations over the marketing of honey and identification of problems with one of the companies buying honey which are being addressed,
  • NTFP trading PLCs have now improved understanding on the situation of the local and national market and each contributed 5% of their profits to the forest management groups as an incentive to their forest management initiatives.
  • Pre-feasibility study of Payment for Environmental Services and preparation of an initial Project Information/Concept Note on carbon payments from the voluntary market developed,
  • Development of a manual of the procedures for the biomass inventory required for the PES carbon offset payments process.
  • Policy support workshops were held on two occasions with SNNPRS officials but due to staff changes only limited progress was made towards project support for forest policy development process.
  • Assessment of the land cover change for the project weredas from 1973 to 2009, identification of causes and projection of deforestation,
  • Study of the economic costs of deforestation and the production of a short report version for circulation,
  • Assessment of land management problems in farming areas and identifying solutions to reduce pressures for forest clearance.

Year 1

The main activities during the first year of the NTFP-PFM project, 2007-2008 included:

  • staff recruitment for the PC, specialists in land management & PES, PPME and Marketing,
  • appointment of two new project advisers with expertise in PFM and forest livelihoods, and land use management and payment for environmental services,
  • strengthening of CBOs from Phase 1, FMA s, PLCs and cooperative, for forest management and NTFP trading activities, 
  • review of PFM process from Phase 1 and identification of areas where improvements are needed, especially stakeholder involvement and forest demarcation,
  • support to FMAs to make them more economically attractive to members through the development of multipurpose nurseries for NTFPs, tress and other plants,
  • land cover change assessment for the project zones from 1973 to 2001, and assessment of the economic costs to the country of deforestation,
  • assessing land management problems in farming areas and identifying solutions to reduce pressures for forest clearance,
  • identification of critical issues and procedures in PES related to carbon payments, including initial baseline assessments,
  • identification from trials of the best practices for honey production, as well as identifying methods for dealing with ant problems in hives, and the dissemination of these practices and methods,
  • marketing of honey and coffee support through trader agreements and certification, including support to the coffee union for export registration,
  • preparations for a spice development and marketing assessment and strategy formulation,
  • capacity building and project staff development in the areas of log frame analysis, GPS use, GIS and remote sensing analysis, and  geo-database,
  • study tour for staff, partners and farmers to understand the environmental comparative advantage of the project area and the dangers to livelihoods if the area is not managed sustainably.

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Year 2, Phase 2 Annual Report: Forest landscape sustainability and improved livelihoods through non-timber forest product development and payment for environmental services
Prof. Adrian Wood and Ato Bekele Haile. Mizan Teferi & Huddersfield (December, 2009)

Year 1, Annual Report 2007 – 2008: Forest landscape sustainability and improved livelihoods through non-timber forest product development and payment for environmental services
Wood, A. Mizan Teferi and Huddersfield (2008)

NTFP-PFM PHASE 1 PROGRESS REPORTS

Year 1

During 2003/2004 the project activities included:

  • establishment of the project with its infrastructure and management procedures,
  • familiarization workshops to introduce the project,
  • selection of focal areas for intervention,
  • training of project and government staff in participatory methods,
  • completion of PRA studies to provide baseline information,
  • completion of in-depth studies on forest management, marketing of NTFP, livelihoods, forest biodiversity and gender issues, and
  • strategic and operational planning with stakeholder involvement.

Year 2

The main activities during Year 2 included:

  • Secondary information gathering on technical issues to support implementation,
  • Studies on different technical and social aspects of NTFP development,
  • Completion of baseline information,
  • Training of trainers for government staff in aspects of honey production/processing, spice production, cooperative development, participatory forest management, gender and development, and participatory planning and monitoring,
  • Awareness raising of local governments and community leaders on participatory forest management (PFM), and gender and development,
  • Training of Cooperative and other CBO leaders on leadership and management issues for CBO development,
  • Development and dissemination of strategic documents, training materials and extension materials,
  • Establishment and implementation of a participatory planning, monitoring, and evaluation system,
  • Training of farmers, men and women, in aspects of honey production/processing, spice production, cooperative development, participatory forest management, gender and development, participatory planning and monitoring,
  • Participatory research through on-farm trials for honey and spice production,
  • Establishment and support of kebele level CBO’s for honey processing and trading,
  • Identification of potential trade links for beekeeping products and marketing of honey via the Becamar company
  • Identification of opportunities for coffee certification, and
  • Initial actions in the PFM planning process in selected areas.

Year 3

In Year 3 there was almost complete achievement of the planned activities. The main highlights during Year 3 included:

  • Mid Term Review and associated adjustment of project activities and recruitment of four additional staff at woreda level,
  • Strengthened relations with the government's Regional level technical staff and zonal technical and administrative staff through a field-oriented workshop in April 2006 with a view to developing better links as a basis of policy discussions,
  • Certification of coffee from Aman and Gizmeret coops at Utz Kapeh (responsibly produced) and organic standards,
  • Achievement of honey marketing for second year via Bezamar with technical input from this company prior to harvesting,
  • Progress with PFM through most stages in all communities, and all stages in two communities - the latter have agreements with the local Rural Development Coordination Office (RDCO) for implementation,
  • Further development of skills amongst farmers and community groups in a range of NTFP production activities, especially honey production through trials and training, and spices through pilot plantings and training, and in organizational skills,
  • Strengthening of local community-based groups involved with honey production and trade and PFM, and also coops involved in coffee trade,
  • Increased networking and dissemination of project information,
  • Completion of specific studies to assist in project implementation, especially on CBO legalization, quality of honey, mapping for PFM, valuation of NTFP by local communities, policy and practice on forest management, biodiversity and payment for environmental services,
  • Training for GO staff and CBO leaders in a variety of skills, and
  • Continued use and development of the participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation system for project management.

Year 4

In Year 4 the major achievements were:

  • Widespread consultation (259 persons) on legalisation options for CBOs
  • Legalisation of CBOs as PFM Associations (7) and Honey Marketing PLCs (7),
  • PFM forest management plan training for GO staff and creation of 7 plans, all of which were approved by the local RDCOs,
  • Training for GO staff and Union staff in Competence Based Economy for Formation of Enterprises,
  • Training of GO staff and then CBOs in Development Education and Leadership Team in Action (DELTA) and also in Conflict Management.
  • Locally adapted training materials for PFM and bee keeping (latter in Amharic) developed,
  • Additional trading linkage for honey established with Tutu and her Family PLC,
  • Final dissemination workshops at Yirgalem (110 participants), Mizan Teferi (67 participants) and Masha (143 participants),
  • Distribution of policy briefing notes and CD with project materials.
Year 1
Year 2
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Summary Progress Report: July 2003 - July 2004,
,Bognetteau, E, Wood, A, P and Abebe Haile (2004)
Mizan Teferi and Huddersfield.
Annual Report: 2004 - 2005,
Bognetteau, E, Wood, A, P and Abebe Haile (2005)
Mizan Teferi and Huddersfield.
Year 3
Year 4

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Annual Report: 2005 - 2006,
Bognetteau, E, Wood, A, P and Abebe Haile (2006)
Mizan Teferi and Huddersfield.
Annual Report: 2006 - 2007,
Bognetteau, E, Wood, A, P and Abebe Haile (2006)
Mizan Teferi and Huddersfield.

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