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' which integrates agroforestry, waste-to-energy 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 decline in fuelwood--the sole source of household energy for cooking/heating. Even then, fuelwood also causes indoor pollution
How will this project solve this problem?
We will engage farmers in managing forests by initiating Community Nurseries headed by local "Project Extension Committees" providing free saplings and all extension services to fellow farmers within their immediate neighborhoods. For details see our "Project Extension Framework" on the link at the bottom of this page--under the section "Resources". Finally, the project is part of our 'three-pronged project approach' which integrates agroforestry, waste-to-energy and organic gardening
Potential Long Term Impact
We will enable smallholder farmers to restore forests and replenish the degraded soils-promoting food security-using fast-growing nitrogen-fixing trees. 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 Project Extension Committees.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.