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They are the lungs of our planet and vital to our ecosystem. Around the world, 1.6 billion people depend on trees for their livelihoods.

However, deforestation is causing climate change, loss of biodiversity and creating poverty. ITF supports communities to plant, care for and use trees in sustainable ways, improving both lives and habitats.
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Our work in numbers

Each year we work out our progress in numbers - here's how we did last year

249,850

Trees planted in
Africa and the UK

9

Projects managed
around the world

7,764

People directly benefited
from our projects

5

African countries
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Demand for mangos soars on the slopes of Rwenzori Mountain, Uganda

Posted on 24.08.2015

Alpha Women’s Empowerment Initiative are planting grafted mangos to provide sustainable food supplies and income generation, on the slopes of the Rwenzori Mountain in Uganda.

The project team have set up a central tree nursery to grow the seedlings until they are hardy enough to be planted out. It also serves as a practical training base, and 20 participants from the community have learnt to grow and care for seedlings. They in turn will create smaller nurseries in their communities,

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Progress update from Soil and Oil project, Ghana

Posted on 19.08.2015

News just in from our partner in Ghana, Sungmaale Integrated Herbalists Association (SIHA), funded through ITF Sustainable Community Forestry grant programme and Worktop Express.

The project aims at training and mobilizing farmers to raise seedlings, training and supporting women to make soap and cosmetics from forest products, establishing by-laws for fire prevention and management and regeneration of degraded land through tree planting. Over the coming six months, 15000 trees will be planted

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Nkhata Bay Natural Way Hits the Ground Running

Posted on 21.08.2015

When I last visited Nkhata Bay North, Malawi in September 2014, I was working with Temwa staff on community consultations. We were developing a project proposal to be submitted to the Big Lottery Fund. Now, 11 months later, it is exciting to return with the proposal having been approved, the grant awarded and the project up and running.

And yes, the Nkhata Bay Natural Way project really has hit the ground running.

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