Kenya's drylands face high rate of deforestation and the effects are clear in that the closed canopy forests cover is approximately 1.7% of the total land area. The inhabitants are faced with high rate of deforestation, more frequent drought, high poverty, decreasing crop yields and environmental degradation. To compensate for the lost crop and income, the inhabitants continue to cut down more trees for charcoal burning for sale without planting more trees
This concept is to plant through 450 farmers local and appropriate dryland tree species in phases (yearly) and when they mature; are harvested in a rotational manner for timber and non-timber products and replanting/coppicing again in the harvested phase. This way the inhabitants are sustainably addressing environmental protection, income generation, food security and community regeneration
As the farmers continue to plant more trees within same region, they experience more water retention, better microclimate, less soil erosion, increased yields, income generation from fruits and other tree products. Seasonal rivers and springs which have dried will come back in the long run due to this project.
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