We have a big milestone.
For Earth Day we filled up ourselves and compensated 1672 trees.
We support the creation of forest gardens in Uganda
Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa, located on the shores of Lake Victoria. It has over 45 million inhabitants, over 20% of whom live near the capital, Kampala. Uganda's population has exploded from around 5 million in 1950 and remains relatively young - almost 70% of the population is under the age of 25.
The area around Mount Elgon in the east of the country is depleted due to deforestation and Over-cultivation severely degraded. The relatively high population in this area burdens the land so that it is almost bare. This is due to degradation caused by animal grazing, cutting down of trees for firewood, and massive monoculture cultivation of certain crops such as bananas and coffee. The degraded land has also resulted in deadly landslides in the area, posing an acute safety risk to the surrounding population.
This land degradation is a direct result of the conflict between existing, harmful agricultural practices such as monocultures (which often exist , because they were imposed on the areas in the past by colonial powers) and the well-being and needs of local people and ecosystems.
Partners in Planting
This project is managed by Trees For The Future, a registered non-profit organization (501(c)(3)) in the United States. Trees For The Future is identifying farming families in areas of severely degraded land and using its proven Forest Garden program to support farmers in establishing a protective natural barrier around their forest garden.
Over the course of the four-year program, farmers will learn diversify their forest garden with vegetables and fruit trees to support their families nutritionally and financially. This method helps farmers learn about conservation, earn more income from selling their fruit and vegetables, and love and be proud of the forest garden they create.
This Project involves establishing 400 forest gardens in the Mount Elgon region of eastern Uganda. Each forest garden is approximately one hectare and local farmers are supported and trained to establish and maintain their forest gardens over a four year period.
By the end of the 4 year program the farmers will have one established and protected forest garden, with which they can feed their families and earn an important income.