Farming and Conservation

Biodiversity Risk and Opportunity Assessment

TBA developed the Biodiversity Risk and Opportunity Assessment (BROA) Tool specifically for helping agribusiness and promoting sustainable agriculture. BROA provides a straightforward means of assessing and identifying a company’s impacts and dependencies on nature, including biodiversity and ecosystem services. The main outcome of BROA is a clear set of action and monitoring plans to avert risks to the environment and to maximize opportunities for conservation and business. Companies use these plans to help create a more sustainable supply chain and a healthier environment.

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BROA in Action

Through a 15-year partnership with British American Tobacco’s (BAT), TBA helped guide the company to lighten its impact on nature and create a more sustainable future for its small-holder farmers. The BROA tool was adopted by BAT and implemented globally across its farming areas. In Uganda, TBA’s application of the BROA tool identified activities on farmland, which were degrading ecosystem services and threatening sustainability of farmland. Issues detected included:

  • reduced irrigation flow resulting from catchment deforestation

  • reduced water quality due to loss of riverine buffer zones

  • lowered ground water table
  • unsustainably sourced fuelwood in the supply chain
  • poor soil organic matter management

  • negative impacts of agricultural intensification

TBA Builds Capacity for a Sustainable Future through:

  • Sustainability training and technical advice for farmers, extension staff, managers, company executives
  • Environmental management training on forest restoration, wetland management and agro-forestry
  • Initiatives to improve farmer livelihoods in Africa: training on bee keeping, fruit growing and agro-forestry
  • Developing policies and conservation management plans for government and business
  • Sustainable agriculture and woodlot projects in schools
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Conservation in Action

Working with agribusiness TBA has:

  • set aside 2,000 ha of native forest in Uganda under sustainable management
  • restored riverine forest to prevent soil erosion, conserved critical habitat and improved river health
  • mitigated soil erosion and improved soil quality through planting new species and multi cropping
  • decreased use of chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides) on farmland
  • developed agroforestry and tree nurseries
  • trained communities to build fuel efficient stoves

Fuel-Efficient Stoves

TBA and Tree Talk, a local NGO, trained young farmers to build fuel-efficient stoves, thereby equipping them with the necessary skills to earn an income as energy service providers. As a result, fuelwood usage was reduced by as much as 50% in 2 years. This significantly reduced pressure on native forests as well as decreasing air pollution in homes. There was also a significant improvement in women’s well-being through better cooking technology and reduced reliance on native fuel wood. “We are benefiting from the energy saving stoves because there is improved hygiene due to reduced harmful smoke released during cooking,” says Fiona Ovugi from Aboke Village in Kole district.

 

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