Kenya's drylands are facing high rate of deforestation, more frequent drought, food insecurity and environmental degradation. To compensate for lost yields and income, the inhabitants are cutting down more trees for charcoal burning for sale without planting more trees. We are addressing this vicious cycle by working with the small scale farmers to provide them with appropriate drylands tree seedlings and the support they need to sustainably restore their degraded land
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Kenya's drylands face high rate of deforestation and the effects are clear in that the closed canopy forests cover is approximately 1.7% of the total land area. The inhabitants are faced with high rate of deforestation, more frequent drought, high poverty, decreasing crop yields and environmental degradation. To compensate for the lost crop and income, the inhabitants continue to cut down more trees for charcoal burning for sale without planting more trees
How will this project solve this problem?
This concept is to plant through 450 farmers local and appropriate dryland tree species in phases (yearly) and when they mature; are harvested in a rotational manner for timber and non-timber products and replanting/coppicing again in the harvested phase. This way the inhabitants are sustainably addressing environmental protection, income generation, food security and community regeneration
Potential Long Term Impact
As the farmers continue to plant more trees within same region, they experience more water retention, better microclimate, less soil erosion, increased yields, income generation from fruits and other tree products. Seasonal rivers and springs which have dried will come back in the long run due to this project.
Total Funding Received to Date: $25,533
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $9,467
Total Funding Goal: $35,000