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Restoring land productivity globally


How the Evergreening process works

Evergreening - integrates trees with food crops and livestock to create more sustainable and productive agricultural systems for smallholder farming families around the world.

Evergreening - captures significant amounts of carbon from the atmosphere as it builds biomass on the ground and restores land productivity using completely natural processes.

Benefit MeasureExplanation
Food+20% to +400% Crop YieldsFertilizer trees in an Evergreening intercropping system with maize, can increase crop yields by up to as much as 400% per season (Reference: Malawi).
Fertiliser200kg Nitrogen fixed per HectareFertilizer trees fix up to 200 kg of Nitrogen per hectare in the soil annually, for the benefit of crops. This is approximately equivalent to 476 kg of Urea fertiliser per hectare annually.
FodderNatural animal feed500 Calliandra trees per hectare can feed 1 cow throughout the year with only 3kg of fresh forage and 2kg of dry forage giving similar milk yield as 1kg of dairy meal.
Fibre90%+Over 90% of timber used by Evergreening smallholder farmers, comes from Evergreening fertilizer trees.
Fuel80%+Over 80% of rural populations benefit from Evergreening fuelwood, as a source of energy.

Board of Directors

Co-ordinating Evergreening programs across the globe.

Dr Dennis Garrity (Chairman) is a systems agronomist and research leader whose career has been focused on the development of small-scale farming systems in the tropics. He is currently Drylands Ambassador for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and Distinguished Senior Research Fellow at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi. He served as Director General of the Centre from 2001 to 2011.

He is currently leading an effort on the perennialization of agriculture in the 21st Century, building more productive and environmentally sound farming systems through a global Partnership to Create an EverGreen Agriculture.

He also chairs the Steering Committee for Landcare International, a worldwide effort to support grassroots community-based natural resource management.

Dr Dennis Garrity

Chris Armitage (CEO) played a key role in establishing both the EverGreen Agriculture Partnership and Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance. Until recently, he led business development at World Vision Australia in the areas of food security and climate change, and provided specialist support to the World Vision global partnership. Since then he has consulted to the World Agroforestry Centre, UN Environment, the International Renewable Energy Agency and the African Union, and late last year he managed the European Commission-funded, ‘Reversing Land Degradation in Africa by Scaling-up Evergreen Agriculture‘ project through its inception phase, an EVAP collaborative program to scale-up EverGreen Agriculture to 500,000 farming households across 8 Sahelian countries.

Chris is a Senior Fellow of the EverGreen Agriculture Partnership and the Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance, a Senior Adviser to Landcare International, and a Board Member of The Wilderness Society (Vic).

Chris Armitage
CEO & Secretary

Sebastian Mathews (Director) is a senior director at World Vision USA, developing global partnerships around economic empowerment initiatives. Sebastian brings professional experience as principal and manager with strategy and management consulting firms, co-founder and advisor of various startups, director for economic development with a UN partnership, vice president with a corporate advisory firm, and process engineer with a multinational company.

As country associate with the Coady International Institute, St Francis Xavier University, Canada he developed multi-stakeholder partnerships to launch an asset-based community development movement in South Africa. He has chaired a community foundation and been a board member of various non-profits.

He holds an MBA from Heriot Watt University, a master of international business from Georgia State University, and a bachelor of commerce in finance and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. Sebastian was born in India, grew up in Zambia and South Africa, and is currently based in Seattle.

Sebastian Mathews

Dr Olaf Westermann (Director) is Catholic Relief Services’ Senior Technical Advisor for Climate Change, providing support to CRS’ global agriculture programming. Previously Olaf worked with the global CGIAR research program on climate change, agriculture and food security (CCAFS), among others coordinating the development of the Climate Smart Agriculture “CSA 101” web-based platform.

From 2008 to 2014 Olaf worked for the Danish Development Agency (DANIDA) as a senior adviser on protected areas management and climate change in Bolivia, and before that with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia. At CIAT Olaf conducted research on social and organizational aspects of watershed management including collective action, participatory monitoring and evaluation, and stakeholder and gender analysis.

Olaf has a PhD in International Development and Environmental Planning.

Dr Olaf Westermann

Andrew Binns (Director) is Director, Program Development at World Vision Australia.

Education: The University of Melbourne, Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), Geomatic Engineering, 2002 - 2003. Bachelor of Geomatic Engineering, Land Administration, 1998 - 2001.

Andrew Binns

The Evergreening Alliance

The organizations who are making this possible include: World Agroforestry Centre, World Vision International, World Vision Australia, The World Resource Institute and The African Forest Forum.
Members and sources of current funding include: 

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