Due to drastic deforestation in the past, most indigenous fruit trees have been cut down to make way for other ground crops such as maize and patatos. With the huge rise in population, there is less land to go around and families are being forced onto smaller and smaller plots of land that do not have the fruit and nut trees to give their families the nutrition they need.
By giving out fruit trees, the subsistence farmers can obtain a continual source of nutrition for their families. Alternately, if they have extra fruit they can sell it to local markets and other people to help them earn money for basic necessities such as medicine, school fees, clothes, ect. By giving the trees to schools and orphanage programs, it ensures that the children also have healthy food year round, as opposed to the regular maize-meal and beans that they normally eat every day.
Better nutrition helps with child development both physically and cognitively. The extra income earned from the trees can also empower the family as they will be able to pay for things such as medical care, school, soap, clothing, and all the other necessities of life. As an added bonus, the trees help combat global warming, prevent erosion, provide wildlife habitat, and make oxygen.