FTPF is working hard on the ground and in our nurseries to provide fruit trees across Uganda that will increase access to sustainable nutrition, provide income for families in poverty, and help the environment. We distribute trees directly to households in low-income areas accompanied by knowledge exchange workshops on how to care for fruit trees long term. Orchards are also planted in schools, health clinics, community centers, and orphanages to promote community health and wellbeing.
A vast majority of poor and low-income Ugandans are currently classified as vulnerable, and one-quarter of the population is below the poverty line. Rural communities rely almost entirely on Uganda's substantial natural resources, including fertile soils and regular rainfall, yet lack the inputs necessary to implement sustainable agriculture that will sufficiently feed and earn income for their families. Many face daily struggles related to food security, hunger, and soil/water stability.
FTPF provides fruit trees that provide food and income for households, clean the air, filter water and storm runoff, protect the soil from erosion, and benefit communities overall. Trees are donated to very low-income families and small farmers, coupled with horticultural workshops that allow community members to better care for their orchards over time. Trees are also put in schools, community centers, and other public spaces to feed the community overall and share the fruit tree wealth widely.
FTPF has a 92% survival rate for the trees planted in Uganda and, as the trees mature, we provide ongoing aftercare and training. Each year, we find more people excited to plant trees with us and we also now have the support of the local and national governments. Orchards bring together entire communities to become stewards of their trees and to take an active role in the nutrition, food, and environmental security of their families. This project is a long-term investment in Uganda's future!