From 1st December until 15th January, we’re raising money for a great project in Kenya. Farms and Forest: Growing Together aims to help farmers in Kanja village to plant trees on their smallholdings. Spearheading the campaign is Esther Nyaga, a 47 year old tea farmer. Esther has been involved in our 20 Million Trees Campaign over the past months, and recently with our tree planting activities in Magaca, one of the deforested areas in Embu County, Mount Kenya.
Farms and Forest: Growing Together aims to extend the use of agroforestry to Esther and other farmers in her village and surrounding areas. Agroforestry is a method of agriculture which uses certain species of tree to improve soil quality and crops. In Embu County, our partner Mount Kenya Environmental Conservation are helping farmers to plant more trees on their land.
Most of the farmers in the area have small portions of land where they grow cash crops – generally tea of coffee. This brings in just enough money to provide for their families. Farmers like Esther want to plant more trees on their land, including species that will fix nitrogen in the soil, provide fruits and timber. Farms and Forest: Growing Together! will increase tree cover in the area and also reduce dependence on the forest. Today, Esther and farmers like her go to the forest several times a week to collect firewood for their homes and fodder for their animals.
With £5,000 we can provide Esther and the farmers in her village with 50 trees each, and the training they need to care for the trees. You can watch Esther talking about the project here and contribute to the campaign.
Everyday until Christmas, we are introducing a new tree that will be used in our work in Kenya. You can find the entire advent calendar in the “updates” section of the campaign.