Voices from our members

Prof. Paxie Chirwa, winner of the AFOLU and forest based carbon markets and trade fellowship award “The University of Pretoria is one of the recipients for the Post Graduate Research Fellowships and has also signed the MoU for collaborative research with AFF.”



Tajudeen Amusa during his two month visiting programme in Nairobi

“I have gained a better awareness of the status of forestry on the African continent, with specific import to some of the issues forestry education and research must urgently attend to. Being in the knowledge industry, the immediate thing has been to scale-up on the gains and lessons from the pre-XIV World Forestry Congress workshop and the main congress”


Ms. Issoufou Balkissa of  New Mexico State University during a field visit at the KEFRI dry land eco-regional research programme in Kitui.

“As far as I can remember, I have wanted to build my professional career in Africa, so I needed to have an insight of how it works there. I was not disappointed since it really has opened my mind”.



Peter Gondo, AFF-TST member, at the Second Meeting of the Open- ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG2) of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF),12-16 January 2015, New York, USA. Photo: IISD/2015.

“Right now, I am an adviser on sustainable forest management at the UNFF, thanks to the networks and experience gained through the African Forest Forum”.


Cécile Ndjebet, President, African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests, and AFF member. AHEG2, New York, US. Photo: IISD/2015

“I participated in international negotiations training which will impact significantly on my participation as member of Women Major Group”