Organic Perspectives wants to set up 40 community-run tree nurseries, each producing 25,000 trees per season (twice a year) as to plant 2,000,000 trees per year in Uganda's drastically deforested countryside (Kamuli and Buyende districts). The project is part of our 'three-pronged project approach' integrating agroforestry, waste-to-energy/energy efficiency (currently involving the installation of household biogas digesters and distribution of improved woodstoves) and organic gardening.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Most of Uganda's rural areas have heavily been deforested for charcoal burning in the last 2 - 3 decades. In effect, smallholder farmers in the countryside are battling a series of intractable social and environmental challenges firsthand--from depleted soils and the subsequent food shortages; long droughts; difficulty in livestock management, to constrained incomes and a sharp decline in fuelwood--the sole source of household energy for cooking and heating.
How will this project solve this problem?
We will engage farmers in managing forests by initiating Community Nurseries led by local "Project Extension Groups" (PEGs) providing free saplings and all extension services to fellow farmers in their immediate neighborhoods. Details are in our "Project Extension Framework" here at the bottom--under "Resources". In the end, our 'three-pronged project approach' shall overhaul environmental degradation and enhance reduced deforestation through tree planting, organic gardening and fuel-switch.
Potential Long Term Impact
We will enable smallholder farmers to restore forests and replenish the degraded soils--promoting food security--using nitrogen-fixing trees and the biogas residual bio-slurry. The farmers will be able to manage livestock with qualitative fodder (e.g Leucaena and Calliandra) and to generate income from timber/non-timber tree products. Our goal of "1 - 2 Million Trees a Year" will be met by engaging 2,960 - 6,000 farmers in Year 1 alone, creating employment for 240 coordinators of the local PEGs.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.