The Support to Forest Sector Reform, also referred to as the “Miti Mingi Maisha Bora” (MMMB) Programme aims at enhancing the role of forestry in economic development with specific focus on poverty alleviation while simultaneously restoring the environment. The Programme strategy is to focus on policy and institutional arrangements, as well as on field level forest and woodland management and utilisation practises, both in forest reserves and on farm and trust land in the arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs). The programme is a national programme with field operations throughout the country working with national and district forestry services.
The overall objective of the MMMB implementation phase (2009-2014) is a reduction in poverty through ensuring that the forest sector contributes effectively and sustainably to improving the lives of the poor, restoring the environment, and aiding the economic recovery and growth of Kenya, within the context of Vision 2030. The programme purpose is improved forest and woodland management and utilisation practices, and a transformation of policy and institutional arrangements to serve the needs of communities, the private sector, civil society and the government. The programme is being implemented with a range of Kenyan institutions including the Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Forest Research Institute, the Department of Surveys and Remote Sensing.
The MMMB Programme intervention will: (i) establish capacity within the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife for coordination and regulation of forestry issues, (ii) establish capacity within Kenya Forest Service to deliver quality forestry products and services, (iii) improve the management of forest reserves in selected pilot areas through improved management practises and partnerships and (iv) increase the income of farmers and communities in selected pilot areas through improved production, processing and marketing of forestry products sustainably.
The LTS team is working closely with the Government and implementing partners (NIRAS and Indufor) to deliver a full range of programme management and advisory support: