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263 Million Trees Planted Through Agroforestry and Sustainable Agriculture

Trees for the Future Passes 260-Million Mark Ahead of Earth Day  APRIL 20, 2022 (BETHESDA, MARYLAND) – Regenerative agriculture nonprofit Trees for the Future (TREES) is celebrating 263 million trees planted and more than 300 thousand people impacted.  The trees are planted by farmers on their own land in agroforestry systems called Forest Gardens. Local … 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

Tanzanian Farmer Finds Pride in Her Forest Garden

When Tanzanian Forest Garden farmer Salma Mussa looks around her property, she says much of what is there today didn’t exist just two years ago. “Pigeon peas, spinach, lettuce, okra, onions, papaya, passion fruit, avocado, timber trees, living fence… all these components which I have just mentioned, were not here before,” she says.  Before, Salma … Continued

Lake Victoria Flooding

East Africa’s rainy season this year wreaked havoc on the region from March to May, causing destructive and deadly flash floods, landslides and sinkholes. More than 481,000 people are now displaced and more than 360 people have died. When Lake Victoria burst its shoreline, an immediate concern was the region’s leading industries; agriculture, livestock farming … Continued

20 New Projects

Trees for the Future Launches 20 New Projects Training 8,000+ Farmers, Planting Millions of Trees   Silver Spring, MD (April 30, 2020) – Regenerative agroforestry nonprofit Trees for the Future launches 20 new projects across sub-Saharan Africa in their ongoing effort to end hunger, poverty, and deforestation through farmer education and the Forest Garden Approach.  … Continued

8 Women Making Strides in African Agriculture

8 Women Making Strides in African Agriculture and Why it Matters As with many male-dominant industries, it has been historically difficult for women to excel in agriculture. Around the globe, women in farming face obstacles ranging from limited land ownership, training, and resources, to blatant discrimination and exclusion. These barriers are perhaps most felt and … Continued

Desert Locusts

Are Forest Gardens a Match for Desert Locusts? Forest Garden farmers in East Africa are anxiously awaiting the growing desert locust swarms plaguing the Horn of Africa for the last two months. The desert locust threat has been mounting since January with the most concerning numbers in Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia. Swarms have also arrived … Continued

Meet Brandy Lellou, Director of Programs

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 Mauritania, I sat around the table with Dave Deppner, the founder of Trees for the Future (TREES) and John Leary, now Executive Director, … Continued

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