MEET THE TEAM
Ralph HolmströmBeing brought up by nature loving parents, Ralf’s childhood was partly spent in the Swedish forests and mountain areas. Since then, the interest and passion for nature and wildlife have always been with him. Through his involvement in various travel companies operating nature and wildlife trips, Ralf soon realized the importance of protecting these sensitive areas. Upon researching the effects of global warming, it became apparent that a responsible travel company worth its name needed to build a carbon compensation scheme into its products. It therefore made perfect sense for Ralf’s company, Southbound Travel Group, to partner up with Central African Wilderness Safaris and expand their existing tree planting project on the shores of Lake Malawi to form Root to Fruit in 2012. It gives him a great sense of pride and satisfaction to see not only the trees grow – but also the project itself and the people involved. Ralf’s main occupation is as Managing Director for Southbound Travel Group, but running the European branch of Root to Fruit goes very much hand in hand with this work.
Thomas BjörklundIn 2013 Thomas Björklund, a long time friend and business partner to Ralf, joins Root to Fruit. Previously a journalist, TB has a degree in environmental science and has over the years run a small web programming business. Being the father of two, the ever-present feeling of environmental remorse is a driving factor of developing the business at Root to Fruit. There is only one genuine net producer in the world – the green cell converting co2 and sunlight into o2 and green matter. So lets make the best possible conditions for these guys – they are helping us to sustain our lives. Participation in a social business such as Root To Fruit, with the purpose to contribute to a slightly better world in the West and in Africa, gives him satisfaction. He wants to show, to his friends and children, that it is possible to make a small difference, instead of accepting the role of victims in the current global environmental change.
MASTER BANDAMaster Banda is a co-founder and operations manager of Root to Fruit. His education and background working with the Malawi Forestry Department have equipped him with extensive knowledge of the most appropriate species for this region.
Root to Fruit currently employs 15 full-time staff and 6 part-time staff members, led by our forestry expert, Mr. Master Banda.
Master served in Malawi’s Forestry Department for 19 years, with a focus on nursery establishment, management, and community mobilization and has been an invaluable asset to the Root to Fruit team. Together, the team works tirelessly to raise strong, healthy seedlings, educate community members about the importance of trees in Malawi, and train Tree Clubs how to plant and care for the seedlings they have planted.
WHERE WE PLANT
Our main office is within the beautiful grounds of Chintheche Inn, located just 40 minutes south of Nkhata Bay, in the Northern Region of Malawi.
Root to Fruit Ltd.
C/O Chintheche Inn
P.O. Box 9
Chintheche, Nkhata Bay,
+265 11 193 1045