USAID Mission Analyses of Landscape Productivity Enhancement Approaches

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This assessment examines efforts to intensify agriculture in the DRC, concentrating on four systems: swidden farming, smallholder agriculture, intensive agriculture, and perennial crop cultivation. It describes efforts within each of these systems to mitigate the encroachment of agriculture on forest land. Options for forest conservation are also assessed, and the report recommends that development actors take advantage of recent regulations to pilot sustainable community forest management and community-based commercialization of forest products, such as charcoal, bushmeat and timber.

This review supports the USAID CARPE program by: (1) investigating approaches, models and systems that successfully provide sustainable livelihood and economic growth opportunities to rural communities in the DRC/Congo Basin, and that also protect the natural capital ; (2) identifying conditions that enable and constrain such practices and enterprises; and (3) building on the first two elements, identifying potential activities that would plausibly contribute to rural economic growth and conservation at meaningfully large scales in the CARPE landscapes, as well as private sector actors and potential public-private-partnerships that could offer promising opportunities for leverage and integration between economic growth and landscape conservation.

  • Tanzania Strengthening small-scale beekeeping in Tanzania

This assessment reviews options for USAID landscape partners to promote sustainable growth in Tanzania’s bee product industries. The report analyzes honey and beeswax value chains to identify constraints and opportunities to increase production, refine processing, streamline transportation and meet domestic and export market specifications and demand in ways that target conservation outcomes, and increased producer incomes. Recommendations focus on producer group institutional capacity, market information, financing, and market access.

  • Sustainable Landscapes opportunities analyses (SLOA)

The ProLand project is developing a series of Sustainable Landscape Opportunities Analyses (SLOAs) for national and regional USAID missions. The goal of these analyses is to help missions develop Sustainable Landscapes programing that maximizes emissions reductions and associated co-benefits. The approach of each SLOA is to (1) characterize the greenhouse gas emissions profile of each country or region, (2) identify land-based emissions mitigation opportunities, and (3) prioritize among those opportunities. The prioritization is based on four attributes for each potential mitigation opportunity:

  1. The magnitude of the biophysical potential for emissions reduction or sequestration enhancement;
  2. The feasibility of the opportunity and its likelihood of success;
  3. The cost per unit of emissions mitigation;
  4. Co-benefits of the activity to other sectors, such as biodiversity, livelihoods, or other aspects of human well-being

Please find the following individual SLOAs: