“By 2030, demand for food may increase by 35%, for water by 40%, and for energy by 50%. Innovative solutions that meet this increased demand while conserving critical natural ecosystems are a necessity” United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
“With the current COVID-19 pandemic and the measures to contain it, food inequalities are expected to worsen and food insecurity and malnutrition are expected to increase further” Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Interconnected challenges call for integrated solutions and concerted action. How can we address climate change, restore millions of hectares, grow nutritious food and improve livelihoods?
Edhen proposes a holistic approach to develop people and place specific solutions
Our Theory of Change (ToC) is based on the following core beliefs
- Effective collaboration is the basis for successful projects and to massively scale restoration.
- Holistic evaluation is key to first understand the social, economic and agroecological context.
- It is imperative that solutions are developed in a participative and systemic way, to support self-sufficient development.
- Combining modern R&D and indigenous knowledge facilitates the co-development of regenerative know-how.
- Agroforestry systems should be applied wherever suitable to increase food production, restore landscapes, address climate change and conserve biodiversity.
For each project, detailed and context specific ToC models will be co-developed, to guide holistic decision making. By defining long-term goals and mapping necessary preconditions, the desired change can be achieved more effectively.
The good news is that more and more organizations are now promoting agroforestry, permaculture and regenerative agriculture. Not just to grow more food but also to improve ecosystems and livelihoods.