MACOFA main programmes in a nutshell are:
- Community Empowerment Programme: involves developing strategies to address issues of forest access and management through: literacy on existing legislations and opportunities, capacity building on Participatory Forest Management and formation of Community Forest Associations (CFAs), gender mainstreaming in resource management including women and youth advancement and conflict management/peace building to enhance coexistence and resource management.
- Biodiversity Conservation and Management Programme for intergenerational knowledge transfer of indigenous knowledge. MACOFA’s biodiversity conservation strategies are: community ecological governance and domestication of herbs and high value tree species.
- Food and Livelihood Security Programme: this is a new initiative meant to ensure food and livelihood security for community members as a means of eliminating poverty and reducing pressure on forests and natural resources. Strategies include: conducting training on organic farming practices and growing of indigenous food crops for food security at the household level; indigenous seed conservation and natural products development and marketing (e.g. stinging nettle).
- Income Generating Activities: in order to meet their basic livelihood needs MACOFA members are being facilitated to start IGAs like beekeeping, fish farming, silkworm farming, dairy goat rearing etc. A micro finance component is being developed to support the IGAs.
- Environmental Stewardship and Forest Restoration Programme through: environmental education and awareness; reafforestation and afforestation, community trees farming scheme and; monitoring implementation of laws.
- Networking and Synergy Building: MACOFA seeks to work closely with other stakeholders in environment, forest and natural resource management. It therefore finds networking as critical in facilitating information, experience and knowledge sharing among stakeholders.
- Lobbying and Advocacy: to champion or raise concerns/petitions on pertinent issues at national and international level MACOFA engages in lobbying and advocacy. Networking also allows creation of formidable force and voice among like minded Institutions, organizations and departments