Promoting Trees Outside Forests: Action-Learning Pilot Program in Hoshangabad Landscape
This report discusses the objectives, activities, and key findings of the Forest-PLUS Action-Learning Pilot Program (ALPP), specifically the Trees Outside Forests (TOF) program, in the Hoshangabad landscape. The ALPP sought to address issues relevant to sustainable forest management through work with farmers and other stakeholders. Objectives of the ALPP were: to understand the current field situation of agro-forestry and private forests; to identify major policy and procedural bottlenecks and constraints related to TOF; and to promote a dialogue on TOF among major stakeholders.
A number of studies were completed in the Hoshangabad landscape in 2014 and 2015 and explored various aspects related to agro-forestry and private forests to gain a better understanding of key policy bottlenecks. Examples of these studies include an assessment of opportunity costs of different categories of farmers practicing agro-forestry and a survey of private forests and preparation of case studies highlighting policy constraints faced by private forest owners.
This ALPP resulted in key findings of policy and procedural issues related to TOF, including but not limited to tree dimensions; felling and transport; marketing of produce; transaction costs; and lack of awareness and institutional support. This report concludes that given the right incentives and an improved regulatory framework, Indian farmers are capable of further utilizing trees grown outside of Forest Lands and making the country a net exporter of tree products.