We recently partnered with a truly unique organization, one that recognizes not only the environmental impact of deforestation, but also the social and economic needs of local communities in Kenya.
KOMAZA is Swahili for "promote development; encourage growth"
Komaza is a forestry partner that trains and supports small-scale farmers to grow trees sustainably, providing wood supply to a growing population while generating a good income for the millions of families that nurture these farms.
Africa is the world's largest consumer of wood, with demand expected to double over the next 20 years. Unfortunately, many natural forests have already been cut down, and plantations are unable to meet demand due to limited land, high costs, and risks. This leads to wood imports from other parts of the world, creating skyrocketing costs, poverty, greater carbon emissions from transport, and environmentally unsustainable practices.
Komaza uses a model called "microforestry" whereby the collective lands and resources from small farms combine to create opportunities on many fronts:
"Now with a decade of operational experience and industry insights, we are confident smallholder farmers are Africa's only sustainable forestry solution, and Komaza is uniquely positioned to unlock this opportunity."
We are a donor partner for Komaza this year, supporting their largest seedling delivery operation to date in Kilifi County, allocating 800,000 seedlings to about 2,000 farmers in the region - 50,000 of which came from One Tree Planted.
We've been told that this has been the best rainy season in years, so everyone is feeling joyful and optimistic to be a part of this planting collective.
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One Tree Planted has partnered with Guatemala-based organization New Roots to plant 15,000 trees this year!
What makes New Roots truly unique is the holistic way in which they weave together reforestation, education, and social impact to not only protect the environment but also provide financial opportunity for indigenous people.