Trees For the Future


smiling ethiopian man with treesPlanting trees in Africa for 10¢ per tree

Since 1989, Trees for the Future has planted over 127 million trees, restoring damaged land while helping to preserve traditional livelihoods and cultures for generations. Through seed distribution, Forest Garden (agroforestry) training, and in-country technical assistance, it has empowered rural groups in over 40 countries to restore tree cover to their lands.

Tree planting is the first step in their Forest Garden program – a simple, replicable and scalable land management approach with proven success. By planting specific types of trees and crops in a systematic manner over a four year period, families can change their lives forever. Forest Gardens provide families with sustainable food sources, livestock feed, products to sell, fuel wood and up to a 400% increase in their annual income. All this while storing a huge amount of climate change causing carbon dioxide in the trees, understory plants, and soil – something that benefits everyone in the world.

They currently have 14 projects underway in Sub Saharan Africa. Their focus is on establishing Forest Garden programs in Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda and Tanzania, as these are areas where they are having the biggest impact and seeing amazing results. Trees for the Future has helped plant trees in an incredible range of degraded environments from coastal areas to mountains, restoring soil that had been unproductive for decades. This is great news as healthy, living soils are the second biggest carbon storage units on the planet and can store up to 3x the carbon of the above vegetation.

Planting trees with Trees for the Future has a direct, beneficial impact on the earth, and the lives of the people who plant the trees. By helping them plant trees, you give families the ability to transform their damaged land into thriving Forest Gardens that help regenerate soil, water, wildlife habitat and so much more.

“I’ve worked on-the-ground in 12 developing countries. I have never seen a model as scalable, as permanent, as sustainable, and as effective in eliminating hunger and extreme poverty, as our Forest Garden Approach.” – John Leary –  Trees for the Future Executive Director 



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