1 - 2 Million Trees a Year in Uganda's Countryside

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Ø       $10 raises 200 saplings at a local community nursery

 

Ø       $20 will provide 400 free tree saplings to a local farmer

 

Ø      $50 shall plant a hectare of forest on a local farmer’s land

 

Ø       $100 will provide 2,000 free saplings for two hectares

 

 

 


Most of Uganda's rural areas have drastically been deforested for charcoal burning besides unsustainable agricultural practices over the last 2 - 3 decades. Consequently, smallholder farmers in the countryside are battling a series of intractable social and environmental challenges firsthand—from depleted soils and the ensuing food shortages; long droughts and difficulty with livestock management, to constrained incomes and a sharp decline in fuelwood—the sole source of household energy for cooking and heating.

 

Out of 112 districts in the country, our current 2 target districts (Kamuli and Buyende) are among “the leading 10 producers of charcoal that is taken to Uganda’s capital ‘Kampala’”—according to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development.

 

To abate the status quo, Organic Perspectives is working toward setting up a threshold of 40 community-run tree nurseries, each producing at least 25,000 trees per season (twice a year) as to plant 2,000,000 trees per year in the deforested remote areas of Kamuli and Buyende districts.

 

To ensure a sustained regeneration of the trees being planted, and to keep within our goal of up to “2 Million Trees per Year”, we are embracing an approach of ‘Social Forestry’ with a purpose that’s twofold:

1)      Capitalizing on community-managed forestry activities to leverage project scaling/expansion

2)      Giving local farmers a sense of ownership and an increased role in the management of their community forests

 

Each nursery is being managed by a local community "Project Extension Group" (PEG). Establishing our PEGs is typically simple as we form them from pre-existing ‘Parish Farmer Groups’ under the ‘National Agriculture Advisory Services’ (NAADS) or from other Women/Youth Groups. Each sub county has 8 – 12 such pre-existing farmers’ groups and they are usually unified by a Sub-County Farmer Forum (SFF), whose leadership is our starting point in identifying and setting up village-level PEGs.

 

The PEGs host tree nurseries and provide labor at the sites; give out saplings and provide all our agroforestry extension activities to fellow farmers in the immediate neighborhoods. Click here to see how we are doing it [video captured at a community site for one of our PEGs, June 2012].

 

As of June 2012, we have held local meetings with SFFs in 3 Sub Counties, identifying and orientating 31 PEGs. Two of them are now having their community nurseries operational (as seen in video above).

 

Relatively, it costs us $1,250 in administrative costs and capacity building for each community site that is able to produce at least 25,000 trees per season. Our challenge is to get 40 PEGs operational, so we can reach our goal of up to two million trees (2,000 Hectares) per year. Read our June 2012 E-news bulletin for more information on what the organizational set-up, training and capacity building for our PEGs involves.

 

The project will enable local farmers to restore forests and replenish their degraded soils—and as such promote food security—using fast-growing nitrogen-fixing trees. To learn more about how the forestry project is alleviating the socio-economic and environmental difficulties facing our target rural farmers, please go to our activities page.

 

Your support here is highly welcome; every $1 plants 20 trees!

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