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Engage farmers in reversing deforestion in Zambia

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Engage farmers in reversing deforestion in Zambia
Engage farmers in reversing deforestion in Zambia
Engage farmers in reversing deforestion in Zambia
Engage farmers in reversing deforestion in Zambia
Engage farmers in reversing deforestion in Zambia
Engage farmers in reversing deforestion in Zambia
Engage farmers in reversing deforestion in Zambia

WeForest has good news to share about the reforestation project in the Copperbelt region in northern Zambia. Almost 500 farmers – 470 to be precise – have signed up to our project and 417 hectares (1030 acres) of indigenous miombo woodlots are now under restoration.

Our reforestation approach in Zambia is quite unique: by training the farmers in sustainable forestry techniques, they will be able to harvest wood from the woodlots on their land (an important income source), while at the same time improve the ecological structure of the woodlots: more trees of better quality.

We have ordered 1000 beehives that are being installed in the woodlots of the participating farmers. The bees are important for pollination of the farm crops and the honey is of course an extra source of income for the farmers. It is another stimulus for the farmers to protect and restore the woodlots on their land.

Attached is the latest planting report of the WeForest project in Zambia. Here you will find more information, for example about the women entrepreneurs supported by the project who are now operating home-based fruit tree nurseries.

We hope you enjoy reading the report and please contact us if you want any information. Thank you for supporting WeForest and for Making Earth Cooler!

Beehive on smallholders farmland in the Copperbelt
Beehive on smallholders farmland in the Copperbelt

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about bees. This isn’t surprising, given that they are declining at an alarming rate worldwide and their disappearance would leave us without almost 70% of fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts. It’s not just bees either. The annual global food production driven by the earth’s pollinator species amounts to between $235 billion and $577 billion yet, a growing number of these species, approximately 16%, are being driven towards extinction. 

Due to the role of bees in promoting forest restoration and providing food and income opportunities, beehives are becoming an increasingly popular sight across environmental restoration areas as a means to encourage the conservation and restoration of forests. Through the harvest and sale of honey, rural families can earn a living from healthy flourishing forests - an incentive for local engagement in forest restoration. Moreover, bee pollination itself helps the forest regenerate. It can also increase agricultural yields in nearby farms, providing additional benefits to farming communities.

That’s why, in Zambia, as part of our efforts to restore the native Miombo woodland, we are engaging local families in beekeeping and honey production. One beehive can easily produce $20 revenue in one years’ time so with enough space for around 4 beehives per hectare of woodland, each family can earn an estimated $80 a year per hectare. This represents a substantial increase to their current income, which averages at around $300 per year.

With the right training and in cooperation with local enterprises, families are being transformed into bee stewards. They are seeing their incomes grow and their forests restored thanks to your support.


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Location: Overijse - Belgium
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Project Leader:
Maurah Van Impe
Overijse, Belgium
$10,606 raised of $20,000 goal
181 donations
$9,394 to go
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