TREE AID

Forests for Food

This project will improve the lives of poor families in the Basona Werana district of Ethiopia. Providing resource management training and planting 600,000 trees will replace lost tree cover, conserve soils and water and open up new opportunities for generating income through non-timber products.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2010 to 10:00 AM, 4 January 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1135156)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£20,000

Amount raised

£32,927

Donations

136

    Categories

  • Disaster ReliefDisaster Relief
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

Location

Situation

With population growth and the need for more food and fuel, the land is cropped and grazed more intensively. Trees disappear from the landscape, even sacred areas around monasteries, and erosion degrades the soils. Fuelwood has become a scarce resource with an increasing cash value. Women and children must often travel long distances to collect what little remains. As a result crop residues and dung are being used for fuel rather than for soil improvement, leading to a cycle of land degradation.

Solution

This project will improve the lives of poor families by helping them to restore the environment they depend upon. Working with 3 Peasant Associations and 2 monasteries in the Basona Werana district, the project will replace lost tree cover, conserve soils and water and open up new opportunities for generating income. Local people will learn how to use trees to improve farm production as well as meeting their most immediate needs for fuel and food.

  • The new nursery at Angollela is collecting tree seedlings at our doorsteps. Now it is our responsibility to plant trees and make our land green.

    — Shewangizaw Mamo

  • To me, the fuel saving stove is extremely good, as it saves not only fuel wood but also the time spent collecting fuel wood by travelling a long way

    — Etenesh Shewa

  • Eucalyptus is good for fuel, but it is damaging the fertility of our farmland. To increase the productivity, I have now planted 300 indigenous trees.

    — Mariam Asfaw

  • The new nursery at Angollela is collecting tree seedlings at our doorsteps. Now it is our responsibility to plant trees and make our land green.

    — Shewangizaw Mamo

  • To me, the fuel saving stove is extremely good, as it saves not only fuel wood but also the time spent collecting fuel wood by travelling a long way

    — Etenesh Shewa

  • Eucalyptus is good for fuel, but it is damaging the fertility of our farmland. To increase the productivity, I have now planted 300 indigenous trees.

    — Mariam Asfaw