GIVAGO’ers, you are more than planting trees!

Dear Givago’er,

When you are clicking on the tree button on givago.co, you are planting more than a tree, you are changing people’s lives.
Indeed, givago.co decided to work with the Trees for the Future program in order to enhance real changes.

Together, with the program, we don’t just plant trees for their ecological benefits, but to benefit people in need.
Technically speaking,Trees for the Future is an agroforestry charity. Agroforestry intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems. Trees and shrubs are planted near crops and/or livestock, to the benefit of all.

By integrating farming, animals, people and trees in the same space, they achieve improved soil quality, higher crop yields, and improved standards of living. We strongly believe that people must know the value of agroforestry and its benefit to them if they are to withstand pressure from developers or others who wish to strip trees from an area. Our role is to train communities in the latest agroforestry techniques, and to help spread and promote them.

Agroforestry is sometimes referred to as “trees on farms.” It’s actually much more than that. Agroforestry techniques are tailored to the needs of the community. In communal forests, tree-planting programs focus on large-scale reforestation and the development of non-timber forest products. In agricultural fields, fast-growing multipurpose tree species are integrated into the agricultural system to serve as windbreaks, firebreaks, woodlots, or living fences; as part of contour planting for erosion control; and as “alleys” that improve fertility in the adjacent soil. Similar techniques have been practiced around the world for thousands of years, and are especially effective in the developing world.

“We have given people the ability to build their own institutions so that we don’t have some day in the future, some logging company coming back in there, pushing people around, trying to force them off their land, because now they have some growing businesses and some pride in what they are doing and a lot of confidence in themselves. This makes the village life continue.”

Trees for the future runs actions in different areas of the World:

Africa

Currently, we have tree-planting efforts in  Cameroon, Ethiopia,  Kenya, Senegal,Tanzania, and Uganda. We have helped plant trees in an incredible range of environments from coastal areas to mountains, restoring soil that had been unproductive for decades or even hundreds of years.

Asia

In previous years, on the islands of the Pacific, the combination of high tides and heavy rains brings great danger to the people of the coastal plains. We worked with local groups in Indonesia and the Philippines to restore tree cover to upland areas, so the land could absorb more water during storms and reduce the likelihood of flooding and mudslides. Other projects in India aimed to restore trees to both drought-stricken and flood-ridden sections.

Latin America

In previous years, we have planted trees inHaiti, BrazilHonduras, and Nicaragua. In 2011, Trees for the Future’s Haiti Program delivered three critical services – tree planting, agroforestry training, and technical assistance – to local farmers in three regions of the country: the Arcadine Coast, Chaine des Chaos, and Gonaives. In Honduras, Trees for the Future planted more than a million trees in conjunction with one of our local partners.

How does forest gardens change lives?
How does forest gardens change lives? – http://treesforthefuture.org

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