Agroforsa’s directors have led donor activities to conserve and manage forests, watersheds, and freshwater and coastal wetlands in numerous countries, including Colombia, the Dominican Republic (DR), all of Central America and Mexico, Nepal, and West Africa. In the DR, Agroforsa analyzed innovative practices, lessons learned, and adaptive management under the Sustainable Land Management project in the watersheds of the Sabana Yegua dam, for the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MENR), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Agroforsa assessed biomass and carbon content in non-forest land cover, for the MENR and World Bank, through CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and carried out a mid-term evaluation of a forest management project to increase forest cover and restore connectivity in biological corridors for Barrick Gold Corporation.
An Agroforsa director started up and led USAID’s first project to strengthen Nepal’s ability to manage water resources sustainably, conserve freshwater biodiversity, and strengthen community resilience through an integrated river basin approach in the three largest river basins of western Nepal, including activities in fisheries, community-based integrated water resource management, regulation and management of roads and mining, disaster risk reduction, and sustainable hydropower. Agroforsa’s evaluation for Barrick Gold assessed protection of catchment areas in five river basins.
Agroforsa’s principals have led donor activities focused on development of marketable opportunities that are sustainable and scalable for agricultural smallholders and rural communities, in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Nigeria, and Liberia. Agroforsa completed a fruit and vegetable market study to improve access for Dominican products in New York and Florida, for the Export and Investment Center of the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD) and the National Association of Supermarkets (NSA) of the United States.
Agroforsa’s directors have served as Chiefs of Party of donor activities designed to engage rural communities and institutions in sustainable development in numerous countries, including Colombia, Nicaragua, Nepal, Liberia, and Nigeria, through gender-aware and socially inclusive farmer field schools, citizen science, community land use planning, land rights, natural resource governance and infrastructure development. Agroforsa fomented community-based planning to contribute to the sustainability of infrastructure investments in drinking water and sanitation, for the Dominican Republic’s National Institute for Drinking Water and Sewage (INAPA), with funding from the Inter-American Development Bank and Spanish Cooperation (AECID), in partnership with Mujeres en Desarrollo (“Women in Development”) and Alianza ONG (a network of 31 non-profit organizations). An Agroforsa principal led a program in Liberia that strengthened community rights and capacity to manage forests sustainably and to negotiate effectively with a mining concession holder, Arcelor Mittal, and the Forest Development Authority.
Agroforsa’s directors have led MERL activities in support of improved sustainability and scalability in donor programming throughout Latin American and the Caribbean, for example in an evaluation of the success of Guatemalan forestry concessions as a model of natural areas protection in the Mayan biosphere and the linkages of forest conservation to the tourism industry in that country. Agroforsa carried out an analysis of community stakeholder knowledge and perceptions of resources, benefits, and resource use and management in six protected areas in five provinces of the Dominican Republic for The Nature Conservancy, applying a range of participatory tools and methodologies.