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Oct 12, 2018

You helped 1052 households diversify their income!

One of the Model Farmers in Amhara
One of the Model Farmers in Amhara

In this year's planting season WeForest was able to reach 1052 households with a total of 105.3 hectares of land. This was a lot more than we had expected! 

The main goal of the project is to work on using agroforestry systems around homesteads and households, and to use crops as for the farmland boundaries. This will help the household to diversify income and provide food for the family and fodder for the livestock. And we have been planting a lot!! 

For example, the community members have planted 34.000 coffee seedlings, 20.000 improved avocado seedlings and almost 236.000 Rahamnes prinoids seedlings. This tree is also called the shiny-leaf buckthorn tree and is a real money-maker as all parts of the plant are harvested and used for nutrition, medicine or religious purposes. 

Furthermore, almost 100.000 tree seedlings were planted to give shade to the coffee trees and to mark the boundaries between different houses and fields. 

Sileshi L. (age 42) is one of the farmers who has participated in this planting. He has three children, of which two of them are old enough to attend school and the youngest one is five years old. Sileshi is one of the farmers that is engaged in the agroforestry project of WeForest in Ethiopia and in his home garden (with 0.25 ha size land) he has planted 160 Rahamnes prinoids “Gesho” and improved avocado trees. In his village Abebe Yenurie, there are another 57 households interested to enroll in the 2018 agroforestry program of the project! 

Another farmer is Mengist Seneshaw M., who is 45 years old. His family exists of seven, including himself. In the land next to his home he grows improved avocado trees and different vegetables for household consumption. He also started planting castor oil trees, of which he now has six. The money that he earns with selling the castor oil, is used to buy chool books for his children. Mengist is not only a ´model agroforestry farmer´ for the project, he is also the village facilitator. This means that he is contributing a lot to mobilize the community and participates and facilitates the community training programs of the projects. 

Agroforestry meeting
Agroforestry meeting
Sep 18, 2018

Every one of your contributions makes a difference

10 millionth tree 3 years later
10 millionth tree 3 years later

WeForest is close to planting its 20 millionth tree.
Did you know that the 10th million tree was planted in the project that you support?


Indeed, the “African tulip tree” was planted in the Yewebesh village, Amhara, in November 2015.
After only three years, the tree has grown to 3.15 meters which is almost 6 times its original size!
Thanks to its many leaves, shading is provided in the training centre which is much appreciated by the local community members.
Thank you for planting millions of trees with us!

Your support enables training framers in agroforestry

Agroforestry is a system combining tree, livestock, crop and insects in a spatial way to boost agricultural productivity and maintain ecosystem wellbeing. 

In populated areas like the Machakel district which has limited land holding size, agroforestry practices are the best option to harness food production and satisfy household tree products need. From the beginning of 2018 until now, we have been able to select 263 interested model households to practice agroforestry in 6 villages. Together with your help, different cash crops, such as coffee and rhamnus, as well as fruit trees (avocado and apple) will be planted in farmers’ backyards as homegarden.

Agroforesty training for farmers
Agroforesty training for farmers
Sep 18, 2018

Your support is empowering the Khasi Hills Women

Women Self Help Groups
Women Self Help Groups

Your support is empowering the Khasi Hills’ “Women Self-Help Groups”!

Self-Help Groups (SHGs) are the key to sustainable development in the Khasi Hills restoration project. They integrate forest restoration and sustainable livelihood activities, and they help involve families and women as heads of families in the matrilineal Khasi society. SHGs have proven to be popular as they offer women an opportunity to increase family income. In December 2017, the Khasi Hills federation of 10 indigenous governments recognised the SHGs with the best performance and most creative work. WeForest’s Socio-Economic team organised two friendly celebrations, one in Hima Mylliem on 12 December and one in Hima Laitkroh on 13 December. Each celebration was attended by nearly 200 SHG members as well as newcomers looking to join a group. The interest from the potential new members was so high that the federation is now considering launching another 8 SHGs in 2018.

Partnership with United Nations FAO: Building Capacity on Forest-Water Interactions

In response to community concerns about water availability and quality, WeForest collaborated with FAO’s Forest and Water Programme to organise a workshop for our Indian project partners on forest-water interactions. The workshop took place in February over 8 days and provided a more in-depth technical follow-up to the forest-water capacity building workshop from April 2017. Participants learned how to better monitor forest-water processes and studied the effect of forest restoration on soil hydrological function. Under the guidance of two forest hydrologists, they conducted experiments to compare infiltration of the rainwater through different soil types

Examining forest-water interactions
Examining forest-water interactions
 
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