Nearly 1,000,000 South Sudanese have crossed into Northern Uganda where local farmers are already struggling to feed their families due to changing weather patterns WildFF's Native Seeds project will combat this issue by planting Moringa trees in the area. Moringa are native to the area, grow rapidly in the arid tropics and their leaves are full of health benefits, both nutritional and medicinal. This also combats climate change and protects local forests from being deforested for resources.
Close to Uganda's northern border, a human aid crisis ensues. Almost 1,000,000 South Sudanese have crossed over for refuge amid civil war and famine. Local Ugandan farmers are already struggling to feed their families in a region where changing weather patterns are severely affecting their harvests. As a result, both the local Ugandan farmers and the Sudanese refugees have poor nutrition and food sources. The forests bordering the area are being deforested for resources as a result.
Moringa trees are local to the area, grow rapidly in the arid tropics and their leaves are full of health benefits, both nutritional and medicinal. These trees will provide refugees and Ugandan farmers with an ongoing, sustainable and nutritional food supplement as soon as 90 days after planting. This will also reduce the threat facing the local forests in the area from being stripped of their resources for food, nutrition and medicine.
Moringa leaves can be harvested as soon as 90 days after planting without negatively impacting the tree, allowing each tree to become a ongoing sustainable source of nutrition for both refugees and farmers in the area. By planting more native trees we'll combat the effect deforestation has made on the climate in the area and reduce the need for refugees and farmers to utilize the wild forests in the area for food and medicine, helping protect those forests and the environment.