Nearly 1,000,000 South Sudanese refugees have crossed into Northern Uganda where local farmers are already struggling to feed their families due to changing weather patterns. WildFF's project in Palorinya refugee settlement will combat this issue by planting native trees for food and firewood and providing high-efficiency cookstoves. This combined approach improves refugee life quality, combats climate change, and reduces pressure on local forests being rapidly deforested for resources.
Over 1,000,000 South Sudanese refugees have crossed into Uganda, increasing pressure on local land and forest resources and exacerbating deforestation. Food rations provided are not sufficient to meet nutritional needs, and access to sustainable food and fuel sources is non-existent. Local Ugandan farmers are already struggling to feed their families in a region where changing weather patterns are severely affecting their harvests.
Native trees planted and distributed by WildFF will provide refugees and Ugandan farmers with an ongoing, sustainable supply of food and fuel as soon as 90 days after planting. To further reduce pressure on local forests, we will also train local artisans to build fuel-efficient cookstoves for refugees, reducing their dependence on firewood.
This combined approach of providing trees and cookstoves will protect existing forests, restore native tree cover and mitigate climate change. 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 fuel, helping protect those forests and the environment as well as improving quality of life for refugees.