Forests are increasingly being threatened by the world's growing demands. With the global population estimated to be 10 billion by 2050, the world will need to nearly double its food production to meet demand, and forests will be under even greater pressure. Unless we work collectively to protect the world's forests while sustainably feeding everyone on the planet, we will continue to face worsening challenges of climate change, poverty, and hunger.
This project helps to curb deforestation and improve food security through sustainable agriculture. We support rural smallholder farmers with a package of tools and services, providing tree seedlings for agroforestry, crop seeds for kitchen gardens, drip-irrigation kits, and technical training. These services reduce land degradation on farms, produce higher yields, and provide alternatives to cutting down trees. The project also involves an ongoing effort to reforest the local watershed.
Conserving forests combats climate change, recharges watersheds, restores wildlife habitats, and leads to many other environmental benefits. The social benefits are equally important. By providing forest-edge farmers with resources and technical-training to increase productivity on their farms, we contribute to food security and poverty alleviation. With the tools and services offered by Rooted In Hope, farmers are able to reduce land degradation, grow excess produce, and earn extra income.
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