Mecca is a 74-year-old grandmother from Oposhi. She has a 20 hectare farm, part of which she uses to grow maize, beans, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, ground nuts and watermelons. Some she keeps and others she sells, while the other part of her land is left as woodland. Mecca registered for the bee keeping livelihood empowerment scheme after community sensitization meetings at which women particularly were encouraged to register. Her farm was visited to assess the condition of the woodland and when it was certified as good old growth woodland with potential to support bee keeping, she set aside 2.2 hectares of her 20 hectare farm for the ANR programme and was given five bee hives.
Like most families in the area, she has divided parts of her farm and given parcels to her grown children. Trees are cut for agricultural activities or for charcoal production and she has been facing increasing pressure from her children to open up the old growth woodland for charcoal production which she has resisted for a long time. When WeForest introduced the bee keeping programme, it was a huge relief to her because she can now earn an income and her grandchildren can see the benefits of keeping the trees standing.
Thank you for your support!
Mar 2, 2020
Training for women-led tree nurseries and proud forest guards
By Louise Tideman - Sponsorship officer
Proud community forest guards
Your support in Luanshya is:
Restoring and protecting over 2,400hectares with hundreds of smallholder farms. This area is equivalent to almost 3,000 football pitches!
Supporting women to run their own nurseries where they can sell fruit trees to other farmers for a steady income
Training bee-mentors so support farmers develop alternative forest-friendly incomes
Planting 4,600 fruit trees
Thank you for your support!
Stories from the Field
Women-led tree nurseries are developed through a three-step process. On the first training day, women are trained in how to set up a small plant nursery. A month later, and after a visit to their farms by the extensionists has taken place, a second training on fruit tree grafting and budding takes place and, finally, the successful new farmers receive grafting equipment and tree stock as they complete their training.
Proud community members from the different zones of Luanshya successfully finalized a training by WeForest and the Forestry Department in Forest Law application. Certificates were handed out during this official ceremony, making them Community Forest Guards. With their knowledge and practical experience, they will support the protection of the Assisted Natural Regeneration plots in Luanshya.
Thank you for making this possible!
Women-led tree nurseries
Mar 2, 2020
By Louise Tideman - Sponsorship Officer
This project began in 2014 and since then your support has:
Restored and protected 862ha that will become wildlife corridors connecting remaining patches of forests. That’s over 1,000 football pitches and almost 1.8 million trees being regenerated!
Regenerated over 125 species of tree
Supported local community nurseries providing employment
Benefited over 840 families involved in: nurseries, planting and replanting, fencing, transportation, maintenance, weeding, training, monitoring, environmental education as well as scientific surveys.
Thank you for all your support!
At least 100 native species are planted across our restoration sites and we aim for at least 40 native species in each restoration site. 2018 monitoring data shows over 125 species present in the total area and the additional non-planted species are from natural regeneration.
This cactus is a spontaneous regeneration in our planting site - local nurseries didn't produce this species and we didn't plant it! It indicates that animals who consume this species' edible fruits have been visiting. This item was probably pollinated by bats, who are attracted by the strong-smelling white flowers.