Who are the farmers and growers?
In some cases growers are individuals (representing the community), but the whole community is part of the project and becomes involved in forestry. In other areas only some individuals plant trees, but then contract individuals within the community to work the planted lots for them.
There are some areas where the community does forestry on an individual basis but rotates working on each plot in turn and the individual retains the profits. Some schools and churches have also joined the scheme; in these instances the profits go to the institution and all the members benefit.
How does Sappi benefit?
In FY2015, Project Grow supplied Sappi with 12.4% (by volume) of our South African hardwood intake, representing the supply of approximately 360,000 tons of fibre.