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4% Tree Aid – Women’s Forest Livelihoods Project, Burkina Faso

Tree Aid works in the drylands of Africa – the Sahel region south of the Sahara Desert. In this region it can be very difficult for people to grow sufficient food to feed their families due to erratic rainfall, droughts and land degradation. As trees are removed to clear new areas of land for agriculture the loss of tree cover causes soil erosion and loss of soil fertility, which further degrades the land and exacerbates food insecurity. Tree Aid support communities to manage forested areas, to plant more trees, and to sustainably harvest food and other tree crops. Tree foods such as mango and cashews can be invaluable during times of drought when there is insufficient water to irrigate field crops. Tree Aid’s emphasis is on poverty alleviation through environmentally sustainable projects.

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world. Much of the population lives in rural areas and is dependent on agriculture for survival. We are funding the Women’s Forest Livelihood’s Project, which has created the country’s first women’s forest management groups, who are now responsible for protecting 400 hectares of forest. The women work in small cooperatives to establish sustainable tree enterprises, including processing shea butter for income generation. Shea butter has a multitude of uses including for cooking oil, as soap, as a natural insect repellent when mixed with ash, and it is also used to waterproof mud huts. The project also teaches women agroforestry techniques and boosts food security for women and their families.

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  Some of the projects we support

4% - Soil for Life - Established in 2002, Soil for Life assists Township communities in South Africa to overcome hunger and poverty through the establishment of food gardens. 

4% - NEED Burma - Burma’s Network for Environment and Economic Development works with people across all ethnic groups to build a stronger civil society that empowers rural communities to develop sustainable futures.

4% - CELUCT - have been working for over 20 years to create sustainable, agro-ecological farming practices to tackle food insecurity in Zimbabwe.

1% - Middlewood Trust - The Middlewood Trust is based in Lancashire and was set up 30 years ago to provide education and research into sustainable living and food production, low impact lifestyles and ecosystems.

1% - St. John's Sunshine - is a community co-operative in Old Trafford which generates solar energy for a community centre and uses the revenue to benefit local people.

View some of the other projects we've supported

 
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