The forestry company in Kenya and Uganda that manages the trees
Like most major companies we work as a group of companies, with each company focusing on a different aspect of operations.
Better Globe Forestry Ltd. (“BGF”) is a Kenyan company, privately owned by the founders, who also work in the company. Better Globe Forestry Ltd. is a contracting party in all partnerships in Kenya and Uganda. BGF are also the ones who plant and take care of the trees that you buy as a customer of Better Globe AS, and who will carry out the repurchases under the repurchase agreement for the trees you own.
BGF operate and run the plantations and train and support the partner farmers who plant trees in partnership with us. BGF also arrange trips for Better Globe AS’s clients and ambassadors from around the world who want to visit the locations in Kenya and Uganda.
Better Globe Forestry Ltd. has a very good reputation in Kenya and Uganda. BGF collaborate with many other organizations and we are well-connected with policymakers across the political spectrum. Unlike many other forestry companies, BGF work “bottom-up”, that is, they anchor all projects and decisions on a local level and then work our way upwards.
This is a time-consuming way to work, but in return, BGF get important local support for all their businesses and reduce problems with corruption to a minimum. It also means that BGF naturally avoid so-called “land grabbing” and all the problems that it can lead to, for BGF and the business community.
The Norwegian ambassador in Kenya, Kenya’s vice president and founder of the Better Globe Group, Rino Solberg. July 2008
Some business highlights from Better Globe Forestry Ltd.
2004 a study is performed with the aim of exploring the possibilities of finding a tree that meets all our requirements for quality, time and yield. It was in this study that BGF found that the Mukau tree offered the very best conditions.
2006 BGF pilot project begins with access to 5000 hectares of land at the Kiambere dam by the river Tana. The land belongs to “Tana and Athi Rivers Development Authority (TARDA)” and the area has an unemployment rate of more than 65 percent and the people in the area are considered to be the poorest.
2008 BGF sign a “Memorandum of Understanding” with the Sosoma Ranching Cooperative Society (SRS) to plant 60 705 hectares of trees on an industrial scale. The document is also approved by the local authorities. The project is still alive, even though it has been delayed due to various legal and technical reasons.
2012 BGF sign a partnership with the Wity-Nyongoro Ranching Society, where we lease 21,500 hectares of land for planting mainly Mukau.
2015 BGF start the project to help farmers plant Mukau trees on their own land in accordance with our agro-forestry and agro-ecology model, which combines different crops for best results. We train them, give them seedlings and we commit ourselves to buying the trees when it is time for felling.
2015 BGF deepens the cooperation with KenGen and their foundation around the “Green Initiative Challenge“, which is a 10-year project aimed at planting over 500 hectares of forest that local schools and organizations can enjoy.
2016 BGF register as a foundation called Better Globe Foundation to better separate our charity initiatives from ongoing operations, in a more transparent and professional way.
2017 BGF has planted more than 1 800 000 trees in a few thousand hectares of land in semi-arid areas.
2018 BGF plants more than 1 000 000 trees in northern Uganda.
Better Globe Foundation
Since 2016 BGF has also started a foundation, Better Globe Foundation, to more clearly distinguish the charity part of the our business from the commercial. When you buy a donation package from Better Globe AS in Norwat, the donation part will end up in the foundation’s account and will be administered from there, to ensure that every cent is used appropriately; towards donated trees, schools, water supply and micro-credit operations. The Better Globe Foundation also cooperates with KenGen and Bamburi in “The Schools Green Initiative Challenge“, where tree plants are donated to schools, giving students and staff the opportunity to plant and manage the plants. In this manner they become replanting ambassadors and learn the importance of trees and the value of planting and conserving them.
The magazine “Miti”
The Better Globe Forestry Foundation also publish the magazine “Miti” (Tree in Swahili), which is an industry magazine about commercial tree planting in East Africa. The magazine is used as reference material in the forest industry and by scientists, farmers and students. By constantly sharing the expert knowledge and experience we acquire, we can make an even bigger difference faster. At the same time we get a natural exchange of knowledge with many different players in the industry and an increasingly wider network of contacts.
Each Tuesday evening at 8.30 pm we host a live-streamed information meeting online, where you can get more information. It is free of course, and you will be able to ask questions.
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Before I heard about Better Globe, I had long been looking for a way to have a sustainable and positive impact on the people and the environment in Africa, while generating an ethical income for myself at the same time. I am so grateful that Better Globe gives me this opportunity and reading the reports about the difference that has already been made for the people and the environment really warms my heart, at the same time as the return on my investment generates a passive income that is of great value to my life.
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