Capacity and Resilience Building

Published: 30 September 2021
Last edited: 30 September 2021

AGAR's  main objective in capacity building, is to contribute to the improvement of living conditions of the rural communities in arid and semi-arid lands by promoting inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development through the enhancement of high potential agroforestry resources, in synergy with the local private sector and national agenda. We do this through trainings and seminars on environmentally sustainable agro-forestry value chains which community members are taken through:


  • Sustainable management of natural resources
  • Propagation, transplanting, harvesting and formulation of aloe and its products
  • Harvesting, sorting and grading of gums and resins
  • Provision of gum and resins haversting and grading tools
  • Provision of storage for gums and resins
  • Business principles and development

With these trainings the communities:

  • Build economic resilience because of alternative source of income
  • Build strong independent communities through provision of work opportunities, 
  • Enhance the adaptation strategies to climate change,
  • Reducing the impact of desertification and deforestation and
  • Promotes women's, youth and people living with disabilities social inclusion in production processes  



Alliance and partnership development
Collection of baseline and monitoring data and knowledge
Communication, outreach and awareness building
Education, training and other capacity development activities
Evaluation, effectiveness measures and learning
Sustainable livelihoods
Technical interventions and infrastructure
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution

Enabling factors

  • Availability of training knowledge and resources
  • Availability of existing farmers and collector who can be trained on vaue addition.
  • Availability of a ready market that demands quality products hence the training for quality raw materials.
  • Availability of ready man power
  • Availability of natural resources i.e land 
  • Readyness to learn from the community
  • Embracement of the project by the communities, local governments and business partners.

Lessons learned


  • Healthy partnerships with local communities can result to remarkable environmental and economical progess.
  • With all actors in a sector working together, big strides are made in the development of the gums and resins sector opening ways for better policies and regulations ensuring the quality management of non forest timber products.
  • For end good product, the plants and trees have to be taken good care of, so as to improve on the quality of the end product hence the big investment on capacity building .
  • New techniques have to be incorporated in farming and harvesting for quality end products 

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