Stories From the Field

TREES Senegal Country Coordinator Awarded SRI 30 Under 30

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TREES Country Coordinator Recognized in SRI 30 Under 30 Fatoumata Diedhiou in inaugural class of young leaders in impact investing Silver Spring, MD (November 15, 2019) - Trees for the Future’s… Read More

Saving for the Future

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How old were you when you opened your first bank account? Do you remember going to the bank with your ID and cash in hand? Chances are, over the years, you’ve had a love-hate relationship with… Read More

Aerial Survey Report: Kaffrine 3, Senegal, August 2019

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August, 2019 Andrew Zacharias, Deputy Director, Monitoring & Evaluation Introduction This report is intended to provide an introduction to the Trees for the Future (TREES) Monitoring… Read More

30 Trees for 30 Years

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August 22, 2019 In true Trees for the Future fashion, Ikinu, Kenya staff celebrated the organization’s 30th anniversary by planting trees and, of course, enjoying some birthday cake. “We… Read More

Diacksao, a Symbol of Success in Senegal

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August 1, 2019 - Maïmouna Cissé A few kilometers from Kaffrine, Senegal sits a very poor and isolated village - Diacksao. In 2018, 300 farmers joined Trees for the Future (TREES) for… Read More

The Secret to a Profitable Kenyan Farm

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July 19, 2019 - Silvia Mburugu Kiambu County, Kenya is renowned for a few types of trees and vegetables, but Mary Nduta Kiguru is transforming the regions traditional way of farming. Her success… Read More

Senegalese High Schoolers Green School Yards with Trees

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Greening Day in Dakar Engages High Schoolers in Tree Planting July 17,2019 Trees for the Future (TREES) is participating in a series of tree planting activities with two high schools in Dakar,… Read More

TREES Partners with Kenyan Scouts

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Kenyan Scouts and Trees for the Future to Plant 1 Million Trees in 2019 Joining Kenyan 2030 Tree Planting Goal Homa Bay (July 2, 2019) - Kenyan Scouts and leading tree planting organization Trees… Read More

Training of Trainers, Uganda, June 2019

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Trees for the Future (TREES) invited 16 agriculture and forestry professionals to the Training of Trainers (ToT) in Mbale, Uganda including: future technicians, three partner cooperatives, and… Read More

A Green Return

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A Green Return In the face of conflict and other security problems, many in West Africa are often forced to leave their homes and resettle elsewhere as refugees. This displacement and resettlement… Read More

177 Farmers Graduate from Ikinu 2, Kenya

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Kenyan Farmers Ensure Personal Success Through Trees, Agroforestry Trees for the Future graduates 177 farmers from Forest Garden program Ikinu, Kenya (June 17, 2019) - 177 Kenyan farming families… Read More

Meet Brandy Lellou, Director of Programs

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Get to know Trees for the Future's Director of Programs Brandy Lellou Written by Brandy Lellou In 2005, after just returning from seven years working in the northwest African desert country of… Read More

More Projects than Ever Before

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More Projects than Ever Before Between the start of Trees for the Future’s official Forest Garden Program in 2015 and the end of 2018, we launched 19 Forest Garden projects. These projects have… Read More

Biodegradable Tree Sacs

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Tree planting just got even more eco-friendly Kenya plastic ban prompts market shift Trees for the Future has planted more than 160 million trees around the globe in the past three decades. Like… Read More

Forest Gardens Around the World

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Forest Gardens Around the World A brief background on Forest Gardens and their benefits, then seven standout examples from around the globe. Every person in the world relies on agriculture to… Read More

Talking Education, Leadership, and Women’s Empowerment with Trees for the Future’s Newest Country Coordinator: Fatoumata Diedhiou

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Talking Education, Leadership, and Women’s Empowerment with Trees for the Future’s Newest Country Coordinator: Fatoumata Diedhiou Fatoumata Diedhiou spends her days changing the literal and… Read More

Teaching a Man to Fish

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Teaching a Man to Fish: How Trees for the Future Trains Farmers for Sustainable Change Building An Educational Support System Trees for the Future’s collaborative, educational approach to… Read More

Hand in Hand, Bringing Water to Senegalese Farmers

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Project Update, March 21, 2019: Trees for the Future’s (TREES) Loxo Loxo Project is bringing sustainable water access to Senegalese farmers. To date, the team and project farmers have installed… Read More

TREES and the Jane Goodall Institute Spain in Senegal Expand their Collaboration

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The mountainous region of Kedougou, Senegal bordering Guinea and Mali, is one of the most impoverished areas of Senegal. Farming is a way of life in the region, but many of these farming practices… Read More

Graduation Day in Kenya

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On a warm December morning, crowds gathered in a community hall in Ikinu, Kenya to celebrate three years worth of hard work and commitment – to farmers, families, the community, and our… Read More

2 Minutes on How Forest Gardens End Poverty

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“Milking” Fodder Trees for a Richer and Healthier Future

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Fodder trees are powerhouses for our famers in Ikinu, Kenya.  As part of the first year of our Forest Garden Approach, fodder trees were used to establish a visible boundary and barrier around each… Read More

Forest Gardens and Beekeeping: Friends with Benefits

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July 17, 2017 By Elizabeth Norikane, East Africa Communications Specialist   Honeybees contribute to more than a third of all agricultural production, significantly enhance biodiversity, and… Read More

HIV Patients Find Support in Their Farmer Group

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July 4, 2017 By Elizabeth Norikane, East Africa Communications Specialist   Our Forest Garden program is designed so that our farmers are a part of a group, attending trainings together and… Read More

A Recipe for Success: Natural Pesticide in Uganda

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July 5, 2017 By Elizabeth Norikane, East Africa Communications Specialist   Mixing a few common plants and materials found around her home, Ajok Lilly has found a way to naturally keep bugs and… Read More

Ms. Independent

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Author: John Leary,  Executive Director One of my heroes is Loret Miller Ruppe, who reminded us that being at peace is not just the absence of war. Peace and independence are exactly what Ndeye… Read More

The Baobab

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Although the Baobab (Adansonia) is not a tree that we plant in our Forest Gardens, it is one that we see frequently throughout our projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Specifically, it can be found a lot… Read More

Cashews Come From “Apples” – and other things that blow our minds

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Cashews are one of the crops grown in our Forest Gardens that truly fascinate us. Many people are unaware that cashews grow on trees, none the less, ripen on top of a fruit, often referred to as a… Read More

Malik Ndao

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Malik doesn’t know about the Sustainable Development Goals: But he’s meeting them. Decades of backbreaking subsistence farming had left Malik Ndao and his family hungry and hopeless. He… Read More

Sidy Ba

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Sidy Ba lives in Senegal. He’s had a forest garden for the past 3 years with a mix of eggplant and several types of trees. He sells 200 pounds of eggplant per week and it’s his main source… Read More

Forest Gardens for Water Conservation

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“Danga dof,” is a phrase in the Wolof language that Mariama Ndao heard countless times over her first two years in the Trees for the Future training program as she pulled water from an 80 foot… Read More

More Milk, More Money, More Hope: Gladys’ Story

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The rains are torrential and the crumbling structure of Gladys Wamuhu’s kitchen is no match for the deluge. Inevitably, the water floods in and a rush of mud and debris sweeps through her… Read More

The Forest Garden Solution

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What is the Forest Garden Approach? Forest Gardens are a superior farming system with the potential to end hunger and poverty for millions of subsistence farmers struggling to survive throughout… Read More

What’s The Problem?

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We would like to take a moment to explain what we are solving through our work. Millions of men, women, and children on the African continent go to bed hungry each night as a result of rampant… Read More

Ousmane Willane

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Ousmane Willane' Story There are many reasons why Ousmane and his family are celebrating and we hope you will too! Just look at the fruits of his labors. Just look at the size of the trees he has… Read More

Mate Mbaye

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Mate Mbaye's Story Did you know that young people in Senegal are so desperate that they’re crossing deserts and oceans in search of a better life? You can only imagine the dangers. Some never… Read More