Forest Of Hope Association awarded a small grant

The Forest of Hope Association has been awarded a small grant from the Rufford Foundation to strengthen capacity and reduce conflict between farmers and managers of the Gishwati Forest Reserve, Rwanda.

The Rwandan NGO has previously received a grant from the Rufford Foundation on a related project that focused on providing beekeping training & the provision of equipment to local farmers around the Gishwati Forest Reserve. The Forest of Hope Association (FHA) will use their new gant to upscale the achievements of their initial beekeping project, including improving and expanding on two apiaries.

Madeleine Nyiratuza, FHA President, summarised the scope of the project for PCLG:

“Forest of Hope Association is testing a new approach to reduce conflicts between farmers and managers of protected areas. Instead of just providing compensation for crop losses and simply reporting offenders to law enforcement organs, we developed a conservation agreement with local farmers that benefits both the forest and the local community. These farmers will use 30% of the income from selling honey and wax to buy wire to fence their pastures and prevent  their cows from entering the forest. In addition, they will also use a portion of this income to buy fresh maize and flour as they reduce planting maize in the vicinity of the forest, which is a crop raided by chimpanzees and the monkeys. The remaining 70% will back the income from the sale of cows, milk and other agricultural products to buy other household items, pay school fees for children or pay for health expenses”.


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