In northern Ghana, near the Burkina Faso border, the people of Pase and Charia villages make their living from crops, livestock and tree products, and rely on brief rains to get them through the long hot dry season. But the landscape has been gradually depleted of trees. This leads to flooding and soil erosion during…
30 days of June to raise funds and help to SAVE KAFUGA FOREST! We are Launching new Indiegogo campaign and asking you to help us protect and save such an important Forest in Uganda. Kafuga Pocket Forest is under threat as tea growers want to clear it to make new plantations. Kafuga is part of a…
Our partner the Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative (MCDI), has recently achieved international recognition for its work in conserving the coastal forests of Tanzania. Co-founder and CEO, Makala Jasper, was singled out from more than 130 other applicants to receive an international conservation award from the Whitley Fund for Nature.
The Kenya launch of the 20 Million Trees for Kenya’s Forests Campaign was marked by spirit of celebration last week, with singing, dancing, poetry recitals – and the symbolic planting of the first 100 trees.
More than 450 people attended the launch on 14 April, including representatives of national and regional government, Kenya Forest Service, members of local community groups and children from nearby village schools.
ITF’s “20 Million Trees” campaign will play a vital role in helping to reverse deforestation and meet international commitments for sustainable development, Kenya’s ambassador to the UK, Mr Lazarus Amayo said last week.
Last month ITF Vice Chair Prof Roger Leakey argued that ‘We cannot save Forests without Agroforestry’. The importance and potential of agroforestry were very clear when I recently visited Burkina Faso.
ITF Vice Chair Prof Roger Leakey’s Blog
In his speech to COP in Paris, Prince Charles said “We must save our forests” and that “There is no Plan B to tackle climate change without them.” While I agree our forests are vital, there is a Plan B that would save them – and mitigate climate change. It would also greatly reduce hunger, malnutrition and poverty.
It’s been called “the Miracle Tree,” “the Tree of Life” and “Mother’s Milk.” It is one of the most nutrient-dense plants on the planet, it is becoming increasingly important part of plans to combat malnutrition in the global South – while in the West it is fast gaining popularity as the new “superfood.”