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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

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

The People Behind the Mission: Meet Babou “Trees” Ndao

In Kaffrine, Senegal, Babou Ndao is known by many as Babou Trees.   “They’ve got it right, my ritual every morning for the past five years has been to plant a tree when I wake up,” Babou says.  Babou is the Senegal Training Coordinator for Trees for the Future (TREES). He is dedicated to reviving the … Continued

Meet The Women Who are Disrupting Senegal’s Peanut Basin

Sokhna Diarra is one of 226 women redefining agriculture in her Kaffrine, Senegal village of Boulel. A farmer her entire adult life, Sokhna says everyone in the region has always grown just two crops: peanuts and millet. “I am 38-years-old and it is in these last three years that I [learned] that the land of … Continued

TREES, Arbor Day Foundation Partner on Great Green Wall

SILVER SPRING, MD (April 27, 2021) – Agroforestry nonprofit Trees for the Future (TREES) and the Arbor Day Foundation are joining forces to plant 3 million trees in Senegal, Chad, and Mali this year as part of a global effort to establish Africa’s Great Green Wall. “Forests and lush landscapes are disappearing as unsustainable land … Continued

45 New Projects

TREES FOR THE FUTURE TO PLANT 50 MILLION TREES IN 2021 14,000+ farmers in nine countries to use agroforestry to reach goal SILVER SPRING, MD (March 3, 2021) – International development nonprofit Trees for the Future (TREES) is launching 45 new projects, reaching more than 14,000 smallholder farmers across sub-Saharan Africa and setting a goal … Continued

Breathing New Life into Farming

Momath Cissé used to manage a typical Fatick, Senegal farm in the village of Keur Ibra Moussa, growing mostly peanuts and corn. With the challenging growing conditions of a semi-arid region like Fatick, Momath struggled to grow enough to provide for his ten children.  “There were times when we had only one meal a day,” … Continued

Finding Opportunity in the Land, Not Across the Sea

At the end of 2019 Senegalese cashew farmer Mamadou Fall had lost faith in his land and in farming. Like many farmers in Fatick, the third poorest region in Senegal, Mamadou worked hard to provide for his family, but he couldn’t make ends meet year-round. He started making plans to leave his home and find … Continued

One Forest Garden, 40 People

Seynabou Diatta has a lot of mouths to feed. She and her husband have nine children. They also have parents, siblings, and extended family relying on them for food – bringing the household total to 40. After he was injured in a car accident last year, Seynabou’s husband could no longer work their farmland, leaving … Continued

Building Courage, Leadership, and Equality Through Trees

In a small village outside of Kaffrine, Senegal, one woman is leading her fellow farmers to a more sustainable and promising future. When Penda Faye and a group of 19 other local farmers joined nonprofit Trees for the Future’s Forest Garden program in July 2019, they were signing up to learn how to farm their … Continued

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