It is tempting when reporting on projects to constantly “accentuate the positive” but in many ways we learn more from the difficulties and the things that went wrong. In particular it underlines just why the work of ITF is so important.
For more than a decade the people of Wera county in Eastern Uganda have faced abductions and displacement by the Lords Resistance Army rebels and cattle rustling and raids by neighbouring communities. They are now returning to the area and beginning to resettle and reintegrate into normal life after many years of displacement in internal camps.
Greenslate Farm is a recently established community farm based in Billinge to the west of Wigan. The farm has about 30 acres of land of which half is for arable, buildings and allotments and the rest is a mixture of meadow and woodland. The woodland is the result of self-seeding and consists almost totally of goat willow which is so dense in places that there is little biodiversity or habitat for wildlife.
In celebration of National Tree Week 65,000 trees will be planted in community projects in the UK and Africa over the next twelve months.
We are introducing a new partner and project in this newsletter, Masaka and District Landcare Chapter (MADLACC). MADLACC have been working on the “Promotion of agro forestry for poverty reduction and improved livelihoods” project involving over 500 farming households in the community.
We return to the Trees 4 Livelihoods programme in Mali. In the last edition we featured the work of this Big Lottery Fund project on sustainable land practices and we now turn our attention to how developing alternative livelihoods is reducing pressures on the forest and reducing poverty levels in the community.
Catriona Baker passed way aged 97 years, last Wednesday morning, 12th November 2014. ITF trustees and staff would like to send their sincere condolences to her family and friends.