Farmers trained to monitor forests online
More than 100 smallholder farmers along the Sui River enclave have been trained by Rainforest Alliance. The Rainforest Alliance is an international non-governmental organization. The organization uses a mobile app to plant and monitor the growth of trees that have been planted in forest areas.
The mobile app is known as the Hybrid Community-based Monitoring System’ (HCMS). It is currently available on Android operating systems.
Also, the app was created to assist smallholder farmers and the community at large. It will continuously function to protect the various species of plants. Additionally, build climate resilience, and reduce emissions from land-use changes in the Sui environs.
Farmers were given the monitoring tool to empower them to collect data. Use the same decision-making process together with other data collecting tools for data management and reporting.
AT THE CEREMONY
During the handing over of the tools to the selected farmers, Alvin Adu-Asare who is the Senior Associate responsible for Monitoring and Evaluation at Rainforest Alliance stated that the registration of trees formed part of the project the NGO is implementing. This is going to enable the farmers to have well-organized data on the trees.
The Senior Associate observed that majority of the farmers that were partaking in the reforestation program could not prove their ownership of the trees. This resulted in them no longer being interested in the program and losing their trees to the forestry commission.
The app was designed to make life simpler and error-free for the farmers. This is to simplify the registration process of the trees. Also, to monitor the success of the growth of the trees planted in the area,
“We felt that it was important to bring in a digitalized system so that the farmers themselves can go out there and collect the data in a very simplified and seamless way.
“Once the data is collected, it can be stored in the cloud server and displayed on a dashboard on the internet and everyone can have access to it,” he stated.
BENEFITS OF THE APP
Mr. Adu- Asare explained that “HCMS will have the rigor to support communities to monitor forest and landscape performance in a way that is science-driven, credible, user-friendly and guarantees the integrity of data and will serve as a motivation for community involvement and the business model for investment.”
The app was sponsored by the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs through the ISEAL technology fund.
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