Monitoring for archiving and transparency

Monitoring activities

Over the past nine years a lot has changed around Africa Wood Grow. Throughout this time, also technology has changed and now provides us with the possibility to shoot our own high-resolution images. Last November (2018) we set out and managed to capture the first high quality images of the 4 farms.

From today these images are published on the website, providing information for everyone who is interested. We hope to provide a clearer spatial overview of the projects and as such increase the transparency of the activities. In the future we like to continue to acquire these kinds of images, allowing us to compare images and analyse the changes happening over time.

For now the images provide us with interesting insights in the forestry farms. The trees on Kathome farm show to be thriving gloriously. Easy to distinguish are the two different species of trees that are growing in this area. The greener trees are the trees we mostly plant and nurse, the highly drought resistant Melia Volkenssi, locally known as Mukau. The other species is called Azadirachte Indica, locally known as Neem tree. After nine years of putting all available effort in to making this place a peaceful green environment this image now shows it we pulled it off.

The same accounts for the image of Umu farm, where small green tips are the tops of our happily growing trees. We foresee that in a few years, Umu will be as green as Kathome farm is now. Kamutai farm and Mbumbu farm are our more recent projects and therefore have a bit of a longer way to go. However, on the images one can see the dug holes in which the trees will be planted. As soon as the rain season started trees were planted here and in the upcoming years we aspire to make these sites thrive as Kathome and Umu already do. With this newfound way to capture the current state of our farms we will be able to monitor the developments on site and keep everyone updated on the greening of this beautiful area.

Feeling very proud

New born calf

We opened the new year with the first ever born calf in our agro-forestry system. Mother and calf are doing very well. We are thinking of a nice name, let us know if you have a good suggestion!

Africa Wood Grow is nominated for the "VHG groen prijs" in the Netherlands

Duurzame Dinsdag

It awards initiatives that bring nature closer to people and create a better living environment for both animals and humans. The prizes are intended to give entrepreneurs the chance to develop their ideas and to develop and connect with the right network.

Africa Wood Grow wins prestigious Tree Growing and Forest Conservation Award

Kenya Forest Service grounds in Karura AWG wins Forest Conservation Award First Lady plants a tree to mark the special occasion

Today we are proud to be awarded the Tree Growing and Forest Conservation Award by her Excellency the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. Co-founder Daniel Muvali received the prestigious bronze award trophy for our tree planting and land rehabilitation efforts as well as a certificate for being the best large scale commercial tree producer in dry areas of Kenya. The presentation took place at KFS Headquarters in Karura and was attended by Prof. Judi Wakhungu of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima of State Department of Natural Resources, Chairman Mr. Peter Kinyua of the Kenya Forest Service Board and Mr. Emilio Mugo the Chief Conservator of Forests. Together the delegation planted a ceremonial tree to mark the festive occasion.

AWG one of the speakers during the 'Forest for the Future' conference in Ghana

AWG one of the speakers

The Forests for the Future conference was held in Accra, Ghana on March 16-17th 2016. Presentations were shown from all parties involved in reforestation: from local landowners, government officials, NGO’s, plantation companies to financial institutions. Roeland Lelieveld spoke about the efforts of Africa Wood Grow and was heralded by the audience for the achievements thus far.

Expansion AWG in Kamutai

We bought new land last year. It is 16 hectares big and situated near the village Kamutai, next to a main road and roughly 50 km away from the other locations. The degraded land was used for keeping livestock. The owner was looking for a buyer because the income from holding cattle was insufficent. For AWG it is well dried up, thus perfect to make it green and livable again. This January we will start building a house and the infrastructure. In April we aim to plant the first 6000 trees.

Tree planting promotion in The Netherlands

Joos Ockels and Roeland Lelieveld today planted a tree in remembrance of famous Dutch astronaut Wubbo Ockels. The event was organized by Trees for All, an organization that invests in sustainable forestry and energy projects. Many more trees were planted in a symbolic leadership street by young people in the field of sustainability and influential leaders from Dutch multinationals. You can read more in the Press announcement (Dutch).

Roeland Lelieveld, founder of Africa Wood Grow, has won the Simon Jelsma Award!

A jury of Oxfam Novib consisting of Sander Tideman, Margriet Schreuders, Farah Karimi and Erik Bos awarded the Simon Jelsma Award this afternoon to Roeland for his great work in Africa. Roeland was merited for his enthousiasm in land restoration and the creation of resilient local communities by farming and planting food forests. Watch the video of the award and read the News (in Dutch) from Oxfam Novib.

The nameless chicken

We saved our chicken out of a wooden cage on the market of Kitui. A chicken without a name. Help our ambition chicken by donating and give her a name! With the donated money we are going to set up a chicken farm. Depending on the amount of donations we can determine the size of the family.

Fairchar initiative

AWG is geared to capture and store air borne CO2 from airplanes and industry alike by means of Agri-CCS

Encouraged by FAIRCHAR we have started to grow sweet sorghum in between our trees on biochar enriched soils. The biomass wastes which comes from the trees and sorghum are turned into biochar which is then plowed under to serve as a soil improvement agent.

The working force behind all the trees we grow

Mwanzia believes in Africa Wood Grow and wants to become a farm manager. He told me once that his dream is to ride a pickup truck and bring treeseedlings to the remotest corners of Kenya. Mwanzia helps me to make my dreams come true and I help him in making his dreams come true. A perfect combination, the possibilities are endless.

Composting of crop residues

The use of oxen is a good way for plowing the farm. We use the open area between the trees for the production of food. After harvesting we plow the plant residues through the soil, this way we have a more organic soil what leads to more nitrogen.

Well almost finished

We almost have finished our new well on the field. this means easier access to water. Go to the photogallery to view the latest progress of the well.