ITF announces new Africa Drylands Programme projects

We are delighted to announce that we have selected four projects in three countries – Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal – to receive grants under the latest round of ITF’s Africa Drylands Programme (ADP).

ADP provides funding to support small organisations that may have little experience in securing funding, for projects to support natural resource management and improve nutrition, food security and local livelihoods, in some of the poorest and most vulnerable countries in the world – the arid and semi-arid lands around the Sahara Desert.

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Nkhata Bay Project launched in Style

The Nkhata Bay Natural Way Project (NBNW) – one of the largest and most significant initiatives ever supported by ITF – was successfully launched at the weekend.

The official launch in Usisya, Malawi, was attended by 200 people including traditional leaders, representatives of faith and human rights groups, project staff and volunteers and the guest of honour, Senior Chief Mbwana.

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

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

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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Sacred Trees at Heart of Reforestation

ITF are pleased to announce the funding of three projects in Kenya as part of our Sustainable Community Forestry (SCF) programme. 170,000 trees will be planted in projects led by three community youth organisations. In this article we feature the work of the Kangema Youth Group.
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75% of the Southern Aberdare Forest in Kenya has been lost since the 1970’s which now covers less than 1,000 hectares. Conflict between people and wildlife has grown as human settlements encroach further and further into the forest. Wild animal numbers have declined along with many indigenous tree species like the sycamore fig, which is considered sacred to the Kikuyu community.

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Return of the Rainforest

ITF are pleased to announce the funding of three projects in Kenya as part of our Sustainable Community Forestry (SCF) programme. 170,000 trees will be planted in projects led by three community youth organisations.  In this article we feature the work of Community Energy Efficiency Initiative Youth Group.

To protect the only tropical rainforest in Kenya, the Kakamega Forest, a move is being made towards the greater use of green energy.

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