At Tree Aid, we don't just plant trees and walk away. We're a part of the Great Green Wall movement. This means our tree-growing projects are designed with local communities to address their needs for increased income, climate resilience and access to nutritious food in a joined up way.
In the drylands of Africa, rain only falls for three months of the year, in a concentrated 'rainy season'. Conserving the water, and preventing drought and flooding, is key to our trees' survival. That's why we work to equip communities with the tools and training they need to manage land and water together.
Some of these water-conserving techniques include zai pits (holes in the soil that trap water), stone bunds (barriers to prevent water running off the land), and boulis (rainwater conservation reservoirs).
When we grow the right species, in the right places, trees can provide a solution to some of our most urgent challenges. Discover how we're using trees to...
Agroforestry (growing trees on farmland) is a technique we implement across many of our projects. Bringing the forest to the farm can help to diversify farmers' incomes, boost yields, restore degraded land, and increase biodiversity.
Choosing which trees to grow on any Tree Aid project is a decision that's made with the local community. We take a lot of different factors into account, from soil type, to nutritional needs and local diets.