Trees fight poverty and climate change, at the same time. Vi Agroforestry works with tree planting in eastern Africa, where they train local farmers’ organizations in sustainable agriculture and agroforestry, gender equality and business management.
This gives women and men living in poverty the opportunity to cope with the effects of the climate crisis. They increase their resilience and can thus improve their living conditions themselves, directly and in the long term. At the same time carbon dioxide is being bonded and the climate improves.
Agroforestry is about letting trees grow among crops and cattle. The trees make the farmers’ crops grow better: they provide shade, bind moisture and nutrient-rich nitrogen in the soil; prevents fertile soil from being washed away, contributes to biodiversity and provides compost material. All of this results in larger harvests and more food on the tables, more money to invest in the farm and in the children’s education.
Thus, Vi Agroforestry contributes to achieving seven of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: No poverty, Zero hunger, Gender equality, Sustainable cities and communities, Climate action, Life on land and Partnerships for the goals.
Vi Agroforestry is a Swedish development organization that since its inception in 1983 has supported more than 2.4 million people getting out of poverty: with our support, they have planted over 141 million trees in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania.