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A Sustainable Future for Africa Starts with Agroforestry

“I went from being a marginalized person to a successful person who shares her profits.”  Jeanne d’Arc Sambou is a 45-year-old farmer and mother of four from Fatick, Senegal. She joined Trees for the Future’s Forest Garden program in 2020. Local staff taught her how to protect and diversify her land using agroforestry and a … Continued

A Farmer Transforms her Land in the Heart of the Great Green Wall 

Situated on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, Koulikoro, Mali is on the frontlines of a slow-moving environmental and humanitarian crisis. Extreme temperatures, extended periods of drought, and desertification are making it increasingly more difficult for farmers like Sitan Camara to make a living on their land.  The long-deteriorating conditions of the Sahel region … Continued

Putting an End to Forced Migration, One Forest Garden at a Time  

“A chance to have the means to succeed at home, that’s what this initiative gives me!”   20-year-old Tidiane Día Mballo is one of 50 returned migrants in Kolda, Senegal receiving agroforestry training from Trees for the Future (TREES) through a partnership with the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM).  TREES teaches farmers how to … Continued

World Soil Day

We get it, soil doesn’t seem like the most interesting topic. But it’s important and in peril. That’s why the UN named December 5th World Soil Day in 2014, in hopes that soil would gain the attention it deserves. Why is soil important?  Soil is essential to grow our trees and our food. Why is … Continued

Doubling the Impact of the Forest Garden

Senegalese farmer Saliou Seck joined Trees for the Future’s Forest Garden Program four years ago. At the time, he was growing just two crops.  “I only knew how to grow millet and peanuts,” he recalls.  Focusing production on one grain or cash crop is all too common in modern agriculture. But as farmers like Saliou can attest, the … Continued

TREES Releases 2021 Impact Report

225 MILLION TREES PLANTED WITHIN SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS  Trees for the Future on Track to Plant One Billion Trees with Farmers by 2030  SILVER SPRING, MD (October 12, 2021) – Trees for the Future (TREES) announces 225 million trees planted and more than 300,000 people positively impacted in a report released Tuesday. The report, informed by 443 million data points over the … Continued

A Forest Garden Changed Everything for this Farmer

30-year-old Mor Niang joined Trees for the Future’s Forest Garden program in February 2020. He remembers being unsure about the project at first.  “I was not really that enthusiastic because most of the projects in our area are not profitable for the population,” he says.  But he signed up after speaking with local TREES staff about the project and says … Continued

Forest Gardens Begin to Take Shape in Mali

In Mali, 80% of the population relies on agriculture to make a living. Already a hot, dry region of the world, extreme weather patterns brought on by climate change make growing typical crops like sorghum and millet increasingly more difficult. That’s why one group of farmers is turning to regenerative agriculture and agroforestry practices.  “I am preparing to make a big plantation of fruit … Continued

1 Million Trees Planted in Chad

Trees for the Future (TREES) is planting 13 million trees in the Great Green Wall in 2021. One million of those trees are being planted in Forest Gardens and community forests in Chad. The regenerative agroforestry nonprofit began working in the north-central African nation in the beginning of 2021 through a partnership with Futures Agribusiness (FAGRIB) and funded by the Arbor Day Foundation. TREES trains farmers … Continued

Planting it Forward in Ikinu, Kenya

On a small farm in Ikinu, Kenya, Margaret and Joseph Ndung’u are growing avocados, oranges, apples, onions, carrots, tomatoes, and more. Nearby, Alice Njeri Mwangi is growing strawberries, bananas, sweet potatoes, passion fruit, and other indigenous vegetables. The diversity on these two farms is a departure from the typical farming practices in the region (and … Continued

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