FARM-Africa

Sustainable Forest Livelihoods Project

Ethiopia’s forests are home to poor communities who traditionally rely on cutting down trees for firewood and charcoal, which can be sold to earn a living. We have 84% of the funding we need to help them use resources such as honey & coffee to earn money, and protect the forest for the future.

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 (326901)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£32,000

Amount raised

£54,247

Donations

117

    Category

  • Disaster ReliefDisaster Relief
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation

    Helping

Location

  • We want to ensure we can save the forest for the next generation, but if people don't find something to live on they will break the rules and encroach

    — Mr Tekaligne Melese

  • When my life ends, and if the forest is still protected, then what has happened with this project is good.

    — Mrs Regatu Benga

Situation

Ethiopia's forests are at alarming risk, with deforestation twice the African average at 141,000 hectares per annum. Forests are being depleted for charcoal, fuel wood and construction, or converted into agricultural land. Not only does this affect biodiversity, but forests are also vital for water catchment with millions reliant on the network of rivers they feed. Forests are rich in renewable resources such as coffee but communities lack funds to invest in processing or links to markets.

Solution

FARM-Africa is working with communities to conserve forest resources by building sustainable livelihoods and turning traditional activities into income-generating enterprises. Our technical experts provide training and support in developing non-timber forest enterprises such as coffee, honey, spices, bamboo furniture making and eco-tourism. Alongside this FARM-Africa trains communities and supports government extension staff to take ownership and responsibility for long-term forest conservation.