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VSLA Trainings Help Thousands of Forest Gardeners Build Their Wealth

Nuriati Jumanne Mpinda doesn’t have access to a bank or traditional financial support services.   “I didn’t have that capacity to save money,” Nuriati says. “All the money I got was immediately used to buy basic needs.”  Limited Access to Financial Services Perpetuates Poverty For farmers like Nuriati, limited or nonexistent access to financial services and … Continued

David’s Forest Garden is Making All the Difference

When David Abach joined Trees for the Future’s Forest Garden Training Program in 2020, he identified roughly half a hectare of his Kenyan farm to convert into a Forest Garden. He quickly started learning about a sustainable agroforestry technique called the Forest Garden Approach from local Trees for the Future (TREES) staff.   A Better Farm … Continued

The Connection Between Food Systems and the Environment

Transportation, plastic pollution, clothing and consumer products… all these things and more are contributors to ongoing environmental degradation on a global scale. But one (very large) contributor doesn’t always get the attention it deserves – food systems.  The rise of industrialized agriculture in the 1900’s paved the way for clear cutting trees, spraying chemicals and … Continued

These Drones Are Advancing Environmental Restoration

As Mohamed Limo tends to his farm in Singida, Tanzania, there is a soft humming overhead. A drone is methodically circling the one-acre plot, taking detailed photos of the trees, shrubs, and crops covering his land.  Mohamed is part of Trees for the Future’s (TREES) Forest Garden training program. TREES trains farmers in a regenerative … Continued

Why Agricultural Development Matters for Africa

Africa is home to 54 countries, hundreds of languages, rich cultures and traditions, and breathtaking landscapes. But the continent’s wealth of culture and beauty is often eclipsed by its staggering hunger and poverty rates.  20% of people across the continent are chronically hungry (278 million people) (FAO). In sub-Saharan Africa, 40% of the population is … Continued

Celebrating 5,500 Forest Garden Graduates

In much of the world, students of all ages and studies are graduating over the next month – celebrating their hard work and successes over years of schooling. The same is true for Forest Garden farmers in Kenya and Tanzania. More than 5,500 farmers celebrated their successful completion of Trees for the Future’s (TREES) Forest Garden … Continued

Looking to Farmers this Earth Day

SMALLHOLDER FARMERS SUCCESSFULLY STORING 62.8 TONS OF CARBON ON THEIR LAND  Trees for the Future Forest Garden Farmers are Effectively Addressing Climate Change  April 17, 2023 (WASHINGTON DC) – Thousands of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are sustainably capturing and storing carbon on their land through agroforestry systems called Forest Gardens.   “Farmers are on the frontlines of … Continued

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