Trees 4 Livelihoods is a partnership initiative of the International Tree Foundation (ITF) and Sahel Eco to improve the livelihoods of 4 communities in Mali.
ITF and Sahel Eco have developed a strong, innovative and successful partnership and will apply the learning from previous and current projects to ensure optimum impact and sustainability. This project is funded with a grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
This new initiative is a 4-year community-led programme of activities at village, commune, district and regional levels which aims to increase food security, reduce poverty and build resilience to climatic shocks and long term climate change by strengthening local skills and capacity to manage agricultural land and forest resources more sustainably and productively.
Trees 4 Livelihoods will address the downward spiral of deforestation, land degradation, soil infertility, reduced yields, food insecurity, increasing poverty and malnutrition. It will also demonstrate the effectiveness and the sustainability of locally owned solutions to food insecurity, and ones that recognise and address the different causal factors: environmental degradation, economic exclusion and political powerlessness.
The project further recognises and will adopt different strategies to address the needs of different groups within the target communities.
The project will be delivered in the Mopti District of Mali and will benefit almost 28,000 people living in 29 villages in the 4 communes of Konna, Borondougou, Koubaye and Ouro Modi, which have a total population of about 33,000 inhabitants living in 6,270 households.
By the end of the project we expect to achieve the following outcomes:
- Outcome 1:
Smallholder farmers in dryland areas of the Konna and Borondougou communes adopt more sustainable land management practices, with the aim
of restoring tree cover, reducing erosion and improving soil fertility.
- Outcome 2:
Municipal and traditional authorities in Konna and Borondougou communes agree and implement investment plans to restore the productive potential of 55 hectares of highly degraded land, and increased access by disadvantaged communities.
- Outcome 3:
Disadvantaged communities work together with the Municipal and traditional authorities to develop and implement a road map towards more sustainable and inclusive management of the Koubaye forest leading to greater involvement in the management of the forests and, in the longer term, greater access to enhanced forest resources.
- Outcome 4:
Women in project villages in the four target communes, who harvest, transform and trade NTFPs, improve their organisation, skills and access to markets and begin to manage the trees that they depend on, thus increasing incomes and security of access.