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WeForest Project

Title

Tanzania

Transitioning Kinesi Village Farmers to permaculture farming
Area restored
469 ha
Trees planted
515,565
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Project Summary

In collaboration with Global Resource Alliance, WeForest is reforesting degraded lands in the Rorya District of Tanzania, near the village of Kinesi. The area is being cleared of its forests primarily to produce charcoal for cooking, but grazing by goats and cows are also threatening the forests. Through the project, communities are planting trees at school grounds, homesteads, plantations and in agroforestry systems. While cooling our earth, these trees provide local people with diversified incomes, increased food security and access to medicinal resources and timber. The trees are grown at the Nyamunga nursery, run by families of vulnerable orphans and transplanted by local people. The project also provides training in sustainable agricultural practices, including permaculture, and educational support. 

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    Working an irrigation system at the tree nursery
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    Restoration plot
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    Trees 8 years old
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    Seedling nursery

Region

Mara region, Northwestern Tanzania

Project Status

Open

Restoration Approach

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Planting
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Agroforestry

Target 2017

200,000 trees

Project Partners

Global Resource Alliance 

Project Goals

Restore native forest
Increase food security
Create access to clean water
Promote access to medicinal and other forest products

 

 

Latest Project News

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Planting trees for our children
| 02 February
Read More2 February 2017
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Planting trees at schools
| 06 December
Read More6 December 2016
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Welcome to Muhundwe Primary School
| 10 November
Read More10 November 2016
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The fruit seller
| 27 October
Read More27 October 2016

Why is intervention needed?

In the last one hundred years roughly half of the world’s forests have been cut down. The most extreme levels of deforestation have occurred within the boundaries of the poorest nations on earth. This destruction is having devastating consequences, and it is widely recognized that it is the poorest of the poor who will suffer the greatest impact. With this in mind, we seek to address two of the most significant problems on the planet by specifically targeting two interrelated issues, extreme poverty and deforestation. People in the area have been cutting trees at a rapid rate to satisfy their need for charcoal, wood for cooking, for timber and burned bricks for housing. Even though burning trees for charcoal is illegal without a permit, the practice is widespread. The tree cutting and the destruction of natural forest is reaching a point where the survival of rural communities and native wildlife is threatened. 

Ecological restoration

Experienced agroforestry trainers and trained workers are hired to grow thousands of tree seedlings in the nursery. These employees develop the nursery, train other families in the program, as well as the community at large, on how to plant and take care for the trees. They distribute seedlings once the holes have been prepared for planting and oversee the maintenance and care of the trees. Trees are distributed to individuals, families and groups, like churches, schools and clinic. A variety of species are distributed to provide fruit, fencing, nitrogen fixing, firewood and animal feed and medicine. 

Livelihood development

The Kinesi tree project goes far beyond just planting trees; it has many positive imapcts for the villagers of Kinesi. There are first of all, over 2,500 individuals and about 130 schools that have received training and support to plant trees on homesteads, farms and school grounds. The project provides one tree per child for three schools in the village. Those that successfully complete the training will qualify to receive up trees that serve as living fences trees as well as fruit, medicinal, nitrogen fixing and/or timber trees. Churches and the village health clinic are also invited to participate. The remaining trees are planted at the permaculture plot in Kinesi for fencing and to fix nitrogen to enrich the soil. There are also 6 full time employees who make a living in the project and about 15 "guardians" (orphan caretakers) who get a free lunch, a daily stipend and a portion of the produce and grains raised in our permaculture gardens. The ophans, about 90 of them, receive fresh produce and maize form the gardens, soap and school supplies weekly, regular tutoring, school uniforms once a year and healthcare as needed. Finally, there are many thousands of local residents in Rorya and Tarime districts that benefit from the environmental enrichment that these trees provide. Participants in the project are monitored by the trainers in site preparation, tree planting, protection of the seedlings and subsequent care. Kinesi is a very poor village, but if trees are properly cared for, they can improve their socio-economic conditions and those of future generations.