In rural Kenya, Sadhana Forest is fostering community resilience, building food security, and mitigating the impacts of the climate crisis by helping community members plant and care for fruit trees.
Global climate change complicates food security
As climate shocks intensify, the proportion of people facing food insecurity is rising. Malnutrition rates are highest in arid and semi-arid lands, where people can quickly become dependent on aid relief during major droughts.
Globally, there are over 130 million malnourished people living in arid and semi-arid areas, who own private land and are currently not using it to grow food due to lack of water and agricultural knowledge. The planet needs more trees and many of its inhabitants need more food.
Local ownership leads to long-term success
The solution implemented by Sadhana Forest Kenya is very simple: The people who are suffering from hunger and have never farmed before are supported as they plant indigenous, drought-resistant, and food-producing trees that foster food security and at the same time mitigate climate change.Since the trees are planted by local people in order to grow food, they water them and protect them effectively.
The project provides local people with the knowledge, skills, and resources to practice sustainable agroforestry. Sadhana Forest Kenya hosts trainings in dryland tree planting and water and soil conservation, followed by cooperative planting of food-bearing trees around local homes. Ultimately, long-term food security and disaster resilience will be achieved through sustainable ecosystem transformation.
THE LONG-TERM RESULT
Healthy people build a healthy planet
The project, when completed, will ensure that at least 2,500 Samburu households (12,500 people) have long-term food security, which will improve their health status and livelihoods and reduce their dependence on food aid. In addition, ecosystems of the region will be transformed with increased rainfall, less frequent droughts, and higher underground water levels. This solution can be scaled up to address the food insecurity of around one out of every five hungry people in the world and bring 150 million hectares of the world’s degraded and deforested lands into restoration.
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Featured Photo: Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya by Sadhana Forest Kenya