In 2017 SUSTAIN consolidated progress in all of its landscapes while making important inroads to influence policy strategies and implementation at corridor and national levels.


In the SAGCOT corridor, SUSTAIN continued to work with business, farmers, local authorities and communities to build IGG capacity and facilitate new collaborative partnerships around forest conservation, natural resources management, sustainable agricultural practices and green and inclusive business.  In both the Ihemi-Kilombero and Sumbawanga clusters, SUSTAIN has facilitated stakeholder-inclusive development of village land use plans across eight landscapes and 13 villages in SAGCOT, which integrate livelihoods needs with ecosystem values and wildlife protection, while raising community awareness about land rights.  While this already benefits 40,000 people, success and lessons from this process directly informs our work with the National Land Use Planning Commission, in view of drastically raising the number of villages with such plans in place (currently only 10% nationwide).  SUSTAIN is also deepening progress with business engagement.  Important positive change is taking shape around social inclusivity, with private investors, local government and local communities coming together to identify their challenges on operating business.  New learning and dialogue platforms (Shared Value Foundation, LUD) are supporting constructive exchanges between actors and paving the way for a different way to manage growth at the landscape level.


In the Zambeze landscapes, SUSTAIN established 40 Producer Clubs, each with 50 smallholder producers working in crop cultivation, livestock rearing, agroforestry and fisheries.  With the support and guidance of local district authorities, the programme has worked with these clubs to provide training on water management, CSA and productivity enhancement while also helping to develop NTFP value chains such as honey and baobab powder.  At the same time, the programme has built collaborative relationships with the Zambeze Valley Development Agency (ADVZ), the regional water agency ARA Zambeze and Magoe National Park (MNP). This has allowed SUSTAIN to begin exploring wider scale opportunities with local businesses. The manifest interest of these actors in establishing new partnerships among themselves, and the rapid and active engagement of ADVZ, LGA and Magoe National Park authorities with SUSTAIN in 2017 show a clear appetite for the objectives, approaches and tools that SUSTAIN brings to the area.


Progress was made on multiple fronts of the programme’s Knowledge-to-Impact component. Business Engagement activities built upon engagements established in previous years and focused on aligning and creating synergies with organisations involved in global programmes for engaging business in delivering landscape approaches.  The Business for Sustainable Landscapes Action Agenda was launched in May 2017 during the Forests and Landscapes Investment Forum in Rwanda.  Furthermore, SUSTAIN supported the business engagement component of the Dutch-funded Shared Resources Joint Solutions (SRJS) programme, to ensure it could build on and learn from SUSTAIN.  First steps towards the organisation of a Sustainable Banking event in Tanzania were taken.  The development of Landscape Finance opportunity Assessment Tool (LIFT) together with EcoAgriculture Partners began under SRJS and plans were made with AWF to test the LIFT in the IKC in 2018.  Capacity building on multiple facets of IGG continued as a strong axis in SUSTAIN in 2017, at cluster, corridor and national levels, building on the ILA for IGG matrix developed in 2016/2017. Policy influencing activities took on momentum in both Tanzania and Mozambique as SUSTAIN consolidated its credibility as a trusted partner for inclusive and green development.

By the end of 2017, key results across the programme included:

  • interest-driven partnerships among smallholder farmers, community-based organisations, business investors, government agencies (e.g. basin, agriculture, forest and land-use, protected areas) and local government jointly implementing water management, climate smart agriculture, landscape restoration, value chain development and climate change adaptation interventions in landscapes in Tanzania and Mozambique (see examples – Box 1);

  • new private investment in land and water management underway or in preparation through partnerships with business, entrepreneurs and community-based organisations;

  • criteria for screening investments for sustainability and inclusion developed and applications promoted through partnerships with corridor agencies and business platforms.

  • key partnerships with government in place in Tanzania and Mozambique and dialogue platforms convened as a basis for supporting improved policy implementation and promotion of policy coherence needed for IGG.